'Harare water unsafe to drink'

HARARE - In shocking revelations, Harare City Council (HCC) water director Christopher Zvobgo sensationally told city fathers on Friday that Harare was pumping poor quality water to the residents.

Speaking during a full council meeting, Zvobgo told councillors that the city’s water, which has always been questionable, was not safe for drinking.

His response came after Mabvuku councillor Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi raised a complaint that his ward had not received water in weeks.

According to environmental committee minutes, the raw water in Lake Chivero had become very poor such that it affected the output.

“It is now impossible for people in my ward to do anything because we have not had water in a very long time. Even our boreholes are not producing anything. Mabvuku is literally dry at this moment,” Kufahakutizwi said.

However, Zvobgo indicated that due to some technical problems the water situation in Harare had reached its all-time low.

He said because of various faults at the different stations, Harare had to reduce water production from 550 megalitres (mL) per day to just 450 mL against a demand of 800 mL.

“The situation right now is dire. The quality of water that we are currently pumping is the worst in years. It is poor. Right now if you go to Morton Jaffray, it is actually smelling.

“The city simply has no capacity to be pumping the water that it should per day. We are simply not able to treat the raw water that is coming into Morton Jaffray,” Zvobgo said.

Borrowdale councillor Allan Markham said Harare’s water situation was a direct reflection of the city’s wetlands such as Mukuvisi and Monavale.

Markham argued that the city has always had an uneven distribution of water which leaves areas such as Mabvuku, Borrowdale, Mount Pleasant and Hatcliffe disenfranchised.

“Had it not been for reckless issuance of construction permits, wetlands would be playing their part as natural water purifiers. Right now Alex Park pump station has three pumps that are not working and the rest are on their knees.

“But with all that you still give residents in Borrowdale and Hatcliffe fixed water bills despite them not receiving any water. As we speak the city is attaching property from Hatcliffe residents who owe $200, yet there are ‘untouchables’ who owe thousands in water bills,” Markham said.

Despite the poor water availability in Harare, the city will be rolling out 2 000 smart water meters in the first quarter of 2016 on a pilot project.

According to HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme, the meters will be installed in the Avenues area, Central Business District and suburbs that surround the city centre, which get uninterrupted supply of water.

Comments (6)

then kasukuwere says Bob is doing a wonderful job? zanoids will rush to claim that council is run by MDC-T. As inept as that movement is, we know that Kasukuwere and Chombo before him had power to intervene when its politically expedient in councils around the country including Harare even installing executive commissions or committees or whatever they were called.

Lt General - 14 December 2015

Notice that the UN and foreign embassies say and do nothing at all about this health crisis.

arikana - 14 December 2015

for the dum ones smart water meters clean water and fill my pocket

jack - 14 December 2015

The truth is water stopped being pumped properly to Mabvuku in 1997 since then up to today they is no water pumped to Mabvuku that people can talk about .The little that drips fro the taps has no pressure even urine from a human being comes out with far much better pressure than this water . To make matters worse the water come once a week .Better pipes of modern days need to be installed not boreholes in the capital city . But that is what zanu policy say to have people every drink sewage and shiite flowing every way in the country that is what they were fighting for to remove the white govt from power .

Diibulaanyika - 14 December 2015

So who do the people vote for? Especially those in Mabvuku who have had water issues since 1997 as mentioned above?

Maria - 14 December 2015

Bottom line is God is not happy with the current political dispensation of murderers and looters and as much as they think that they can do it without the Almighty, they are certainly doomed to failure. We aint seen than nothing yet... The good book says in in Jer 33:3 'Call unto me and I'll answer thee...' says the Lord Gord and creator of Heaven and Earth....

Realist - 15 December 2015

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