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Mzimvubu Water Project to bring hope to residents

25The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Friday, 29 July 2016, held a stakeholder engagement meeting in Umtata, Eastern Cape, to update its stakeholders on the progress made to date regarding the Mzimvubu Water Project and to bring hope to the residents.

The multi-purpose water project – which is being built to supply water for domestic requirements, irrigation requirements and the generation of hydroelectric power – is nearing its design stage and is seen as a socio-economic development booster not only for the area but for the Eastern Cape in general.

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Cholera Outbreaks Confirmed in South Sudan

FILE - In this May 24, 2014, file photo, a South Sudanese family waits in the cholera isolation ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in the capital Juba. By Ayen BiorFILE - In this May 24, 2014, file photo, a South Sudanese family waits in the cholera isolation ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in the capital Juba. By Ayen BiorSouth Sudan’s Ministry of Health said test results recently confirmed at least six deaths from cholera outbreaks in three areas of the country. More than 30 suspected cases have been reported in the capital, Juba, alone.

Outbreaks were confirmed in Juba, Terekeka state and Duk Island in Jonglei state. As of Wednesday, the nationwide total of cholera cases was 141, according to UNICEF. Minister of Health Riak Gai Kok confirmed the cholera outbreaks on Thursday.

“Up to the day before yesterday, we were making some reagents that could confirm with certainty that this is cholera, but today it has been confirmed that this is a cholera outbreak. It is no longer a suspected cholera.”

Aid agency health officials this week have been providing patients with medical supplies and clean water, and instructing others on how to recognize the symptoms of cholera.

TanzaniaTanzania
Dar Water Treatment System in Deep Crisis

Dar Water Treatment System in Deep CrisisDar es Salaam — About 5 million city residents are at risk of unless immediate measures are taken to rehabilitate water treatment ponds.

National Environment Management Council (Nemc) officials have admitted that the situation whereby only one such facility is currently operational was alarming. The council says it has already contacted Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) over the crisis.

From interviews with various stakeholders including drivers of cesspit emptying trucks, The Citizen on Sunday established it is only the Kurasini water treatment facility that was operational.

zambiaZambia
Effects of Boreholes, Wells on Environment

Effects of Boreholes, Wells on EnvironmentEVERY intending property owner in Zambia considers it a necessity given that the water utility companies have failed to provide potable clean water to all the citizens. An attempt to ignore providing it in an apartment literary translates into denying occupants of that apartment or residents of that community access to potable clean water.

Hence, construction of boreholes has become a norm for most households and communities in the country. The practice had existed before the 1980s, but the construction of advanced boreholes became prominent in the late 1990s through the government and international support agencies like United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and Department for International Development (DfID), among others.

ZimbabweZimbabwe
Another Dry Weekend for Harare

Jaffery Morton Water Treatment PlantJaffery Morton Water Treatment PlantHarare City Council will shut down Morton Jaffray Water Treatment plant for a few days to allow for final refurbishment before the onset of the rainy season. This is set to be the last shutdown of the water treatment plant before the onset of the rains.

In a statement yesterday, council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said the shutdown would allow the final stages of the refurbishment of Morton Jaffray to be completed before the beginning of the rain season.

“Harare City Council advises its esteemed water customers of the last complete shutdown of the Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant before the onset of the rain season on Saturday 3 September to Sunday 4 September, 2016,” said Mr Chideme.

Morton Jaffray Water Plant supplies and delivers water to the greater part of Harare whilst other parts of the city rely on Prince Edward Water Treatment Plant.

 

                           


            

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