Water supply to Saturday Market in Chipata disconnected

Traders at Saturday market have had no water supply for the last few weeks, due to an unsettled bill of over 100, 000 Kwacha.
Saturday Market Chairperson, Peter Soko, told Breeze News that this has forced authorities at the trading area to close the toilets.
Mr. Soko says that Eastern Water and Sewerage Company informed him that the company will be deducting 80 per cent of the money owed to them each time the market buys units for water.
Mr. Soko explained that because of this, the water has been finishing within hours of them buying water units.
And when contacted for comment, Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Public Relations Officer, Henry Kashoki, explained that the market has been put on pre-paid metering system due to the high unsettled water bill.
Mr. Kashoki says that eventually, all government departments will be put on the pre-paid metering system, to ensure that no further debts are accumulated.
And traders spoken to expressed concern over the lack of water, stating that this puts their health at risk.

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