Council owes us an explanation

EDITOR — I live in Chitungwiza and we get water at most once a day if we are fortunate enough, usually on Tuesdays.

Those that live in lower areas may get it for slightly longer periods of course because pressure increases with depth and the lower areas finish off what remains in the supply pipes.

However, all  this time we have had to live with waking up as early as midnight to fill up containers with water, no one from the Chitungwiza Municipality has come out in the open why we are not getting the precious liquid regularly.

They are the responsible authority and they need to explain this because there is no alternative.

With power cuts, you can use alternative fuel like paraffin or wood but there just has to be a constant supply of water as people have to do laundry and most importantly the toilets have to remain clean all the time.

2008 is a year Zimbabweans would like to forget very quickly though for different reasons.

One of these is the cholera outbreak that hit the country at a time when the health delivery system had almost crumbled to its knees. Thousands of people died in the country as a result of this outbreak and Chitungwiza was one of the worst affected towns.

A responsible local authority would ensure there is continued supply of potable water in areas under its jurisdiction and if there is any interruption of such, there is need for council to inform the residents, if possible in advance.

Residents deserve to know why there is an interruption of normal supply and plan accordingly.

The fact that people have chosen to keep quiet does not make the municipality’s silence correct.


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