Pari Hospital slams Council over water crisis

HARARE - Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (Pari) chief executive, Thomas Zigora, has slammed Harare City Council (HCC) for claiming that the health institution has constant supply of municipal water, yet its taps ran dry way back.

Zigora said they have since been forced to resort to emergency water sources.

Allaying fears that Pari was grappling with an acute water crisis, which exposed patients to health hazards, Zigora said the institution’s emergency water system has ensured they keep “the situation under control”.

While Zigora insisted that municipal water supply to Pari was inconsistent, HCC’s spokesperson, Michael Chideme, told the Daily News yesterday that health institutions were being supplied “enough water”.

“The (water) issue at Parirenyatwa Hospital is internal. It has nothing to do with council. It’s because of internal repairs divorced from council,” he said.

But, Zigora dismissed Chideme’s argument as blatantly false.

“Do they have a different line running to Parirenyatwa from their pump station? If not, how can we be separated from the generality of city residents complaining of water?” he questioned.

“Why would we be building a 2, 5 mega litre reservoir if there is no problem with city council water,” Zigora questioned, adding that “we use close to two million litres of water a day. What good is the one bowser with 10 000 litres to us? Why would they make us that offer if it’s an internal matter?”

HCC is said to have rushed to Pari on Monday with a bowser with 10 000 litres of water following a crisis.

Zigora, however, said the water woes had not affected operations at the health institution, insisting it had prepared enough by making use of alternative sources.

He said they were constructing the 2, 5 mega litres tank to store “water for use during City of Harare shut downs”.

“This will be on line by end of November,” Zigora said.

“We have six or seven boreholes on site, we are drilling more.”

HCC has introduced water bowsers as a stopgap measure.

Chideme said the local authority will continually review allocation of bowsers to cater for those that are in desperate need as well as drill more boreholes.

Zimbabwe National Water Authority corporate communications manager Marjorie Munyonga, however, said for the past few years, local authorities have not been paying their water bills which were running into millions of dollars.

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