HCC deploys water bowsers to avert crisis

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) said they will deploy water bowsers and tanks to parts of the city which are facing water cuts this weekend.

Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said they are doing this to avert the spread of cholera.

“I have directed that they must make sure that water should be available this weekend and where they cannot provide water they should then erect tanks and bowsers to make sure that our people constantly get water because we are under serious threat from cholera.”

This comes as disruptions at Warren Control Pump Station have affected the supply of water to southern and central parts of the city, depriving thousands of people safe water and sanitation in areas not far from the epi-centre of the cholera outbreak.

“The transformer at Warren Control has developed a technical fault.

“The fault has affected water delivery to the Central Business District, Mabelreign, Belvedere, Mbare, Eastlea, Sunningdale and Waterfalls.

“All western suburbs continue to receive water,” HCC said.

Residents are now fretting as some parts of Greencroft and Avonlea have also gone for one week without water.

Gomba said apart from fixing the piping system, he had also instructed council to issue a moratorium against arbitrary water disconnections.

Cholera, an intestinal infection often linked to contaminated drinking water, causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration, according to the UN health agency.

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