Eking a living from selling water

HARARE - Business is brisk for some residents in Kuwadzana and Dzivaresekwa, who are selling water as shortages deepen.

Scores of youths in several high-density suburbs have taken advantage of the situation and are earning a living from the water shortages.

The water dealers are selling water to tobacco farmers at sales floors at $1 per 500ml bottle and to locals in their area at 50 cents a bucket.

One of the water dealers only identified as Lodza said on a good day, water sales at the tobacco floors can make him up to $25.

“From neighbours we make about $10 to $15 a day. It’s decent enough for us to live on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “Many of us are surviving this way.”

Lodza is a graduate from Chinhoyi University and has never been employed.

A snap survey by Daily News on Sunday revealed that water has become business, especially in Kuwadzana and Dzivaresekwa suburbs.

“Our taps have been dry for a while now. Wells are the only solution. Some people are even selling water from wells,” said Rozina Chikoni from Kuwadzana.

She said boreholes drilled by non-governmental organisations at the height of the typhoid crisis in 2009 always had long queues of people seeking water.

Another resident Munyaradzi Makuti from Dzivaresekwa said “because of fear of diseases, most residents were now resorting to boiling water from the wells before drinking it.”

Harare City Council Health department is working with some local Non-Governmental Organisations in providing safe drinking water by setting up of mini-water treatment sites in some high density suburbs in the capital following an expose that some boreholes were contaminated with faecal matter.

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