Improve water supply in high density areas

EDITOR — The prevailing water shortages in most of Harare’s high density suburbs including Glen View and Budiriro high density suburbs should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

It is clear that the Harare City Council is neglecting to provide adequate and safe domestic water to residents, a constitutional right.

Areas where water supply problems are more acute such as  Budiriro, Epworth and newly-established suburbs are at a greater risk of contracting diseases like cholera and typhoid as water supply infrastructure can no longer meet the  new demand.

Lack of access to safe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices are responsible for the prevalence of preventable diseases in these areas.

The problems of inadequate water supply in high density, low income communities result in exposure to pollution, especially when people resort to digging shallow wells.

The alteration of water quality through sewerage effluent discharges increase concentration of phosphates and nitrates that in turn result in algal blooms and eutrophication.

Tap water, when available is clearly polluted as changes in colour, odour, taste, temperature and turbidity” are clearly prevalent.

This is a situation residents can not afford to ignore any more. The relevant authorities must hasten to address this problem before it gets out of hand.

If this explosive situation is not handled with care we might end up having another cholera outbreak such as that of 2008 in which many people lost their lives.

Domestic water supply in high density suburbs, both in terms of quality and quantity, is far from satisfactory and this has exposed residents to various water-related challenges and risks.

Populations in these poor communities are experiencing utter deprivation of safe water supplies and proper sanitary facilities despite paying for the provision of safe water to the council for years.

It is heart-rending to hear of council officials purchasing top-of-the-range vehicles, awarding themselves heavy perks and allowances while we do not have safe drinking water.

This  is a gross violation of human rights. Someone must act before it is too late!

Alex Makanda

Comments (3)

the new constitution notes water as one of the basic right but to my suprise residents of Budiriro are being denied that right for almost 3 weeks now. The responsible authorities are not even really concerned as they should have made other arrangements for residents to access clean safe water instead they have kept quiet since its not affecting them. The MP is even nowhere to be found near the situation, its now high time leaders and authorities are held accountable for negligence and incompetence because if a cholera outbreak occurs we will be hog washed with sanctions mantra of which this is purely VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ITS PUREST FORM.

chimboitai - 3 November 2014

The biggest problem we have in Zimbabwe is denying both responsibility and accountability. Even if I am a born free, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the remainder of the good that was left by the Rhodesian government. Be it in cities or farms the whites always made sure they looked after their human capital. For example providing safe drinking water, food, shelter and even education....

kusvikarinhiko - 5 November 2014

...Look at our own fathers claiming to running things (down the endless pit) while blaming the whites. If a brother like Musona comments with rightful thoughts for most readers and comments it becomes bitter to swallow. Like Paulo Friere said this is the pedagogy of the oppressed for sure.

kusvikarinhiko - 5 November 2014

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