“Serviced lots” and “Non-serviced lots” are just some of the famous terms used by authorities on land and land management: the Councils and the Ministry of Lands for example.
Elaborately, serviced lots are connected to local supply lines (for water) and local disposal lines (for sewer) while non-serviced lots have little (either one of the two) or lack such connections.
The alternative for both however, require drilling and digging of sorts. In the case of sewerage disposal, the alternative is digging on site a septic tank as supported by a soak-away for extended use. While for water supply, sinking of boreholes is best advised.
My project of a semi-detached double storey flat that was done late last year is about to break ground and was partially documented at the time in a piece I called,
“Barack Obama In The News” – https://mrkapalucandesigntoo.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/barack-obama-in-the-news/
Like most recent plots in Lusaka’s Ibex Hill residential area, the site for the proposed project is serviced alright but with erratic water supply. Based on this understanding, the client opted to sink a borehole before other works can commence for ease and efficiency since water is a need in construction.
A chat with the drillers, it was made known to me just some of the techniques they employ when discovering water points. I found them to be queer but simple all the same.
Traditional techniques are what they called them and these require the following:
- Filled mineral water bottle/empty Cocacola bottle (I believe a Fanta bottle or a Sprite bottle would work just perfectly here too.)
- Whole Coconut.
- Pure copper wire rods (Aluminium rods are also used here sparingly)
The latter was the technique used here. All the foreman had to do was hold apart two copper rods with one in each hand and pace about the site as led by them. Eventually, they would pull him to where the water pit was. At the pit, the rods crisscrossed to form an “X” that marked the spot. This spot is believed to yield the most water since the table is the closest to the ground level than at any other point on the site.
The secondary technique of the bottle is no different from the rods. Only that the bottle is held upstanding on an outstretched palm while pacing about the site with it topping over to mark the spot.
Like the bottle technique, the coconut laid flat on an outstretched palm begins to be upstanding as it draws closer to the water pit and topples over to mark the spot as well. This is believed to be so because of the water content inside of the fruit.
This just goes to show the world how “traditional” techniques as borne by our forefathers can be developed to work seamlessly with western technology, and in this case, without need for carrying out soil tests to ascertain water levels.