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Zimbabwe: Harare water woes reach critical levels

Water shortages ravaging the capital city have reached crisis levels with experts calling on government to declare the situation a national emergency. Health experts fear the resurgence of the water shortages at a time the country is battling the outbreak of typhoid might result in the eruption of cholera, barely three months after the 2011 outbreak had been contained.

Harare requires at least 1 200 mega litres of clean water daily. However, council is only able to avail 630 mega litres of water daily.

Residents have been digging shallow and unprotected wells to draw water, triggering the continued outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases and putting pressure on an already strained health delivery system.

Experts say the only solution to the city’s water woes would be for the city fathers to build new dams such as Kunzvi and Musanhi. At least US$1,4 billion would be needed for such projects.

The Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) this week called on government’s intervention to mitigate the crisis. The HRT views water as an integral and strategic economic factor that influences foreign direct investment and ensures sustainable community development and the realisation of peace within communities. The trust therefore believes that both central and local government should do everything in their power to make sure there is enough water for everyone.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2