Articles tagged 'water'

Consult widely on prepaid water meters 21 July 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) should consult widely with residents before they roll out the controversial prepaid water meters. Residents believe the city should conduct joint meetings with all stakeholders to explain and justify prepaid water meters before they can introduce them to the ...
Zesa water bills collection opposed 14 July 2017 HARARE - The president of Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (Ucaz) Bernard Manyenyeni has proposed handing over water bills collection to Zesa Holdings, a plan that has been slammed by the Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra). The Harare mayor said if the proposal is okayed by gov...
Marondera, Chipinge face severe water shortages 11 July 2017 HARARE - Marondera and Chipinge residents are living in areas with severely limited water resources, putting them at risk of contracting deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhoea, the Auditor General Mildred Chiri said. In her 2017 report on local authorities, Chiri said the two areas had lim...
Harare faces lawsuit over water crisis 4 July 2017 HARARE - The Community Working Group on Health is mulling a lawsuit against the Harare City Council (HCC) alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking water exposes millions of residents to greater risk of severe gastrointestinal illness. This comes as Harare residents are at risk of l...
Harare insists on prepaid water meters 2 July 2017 HARARE - In the coming 12 months, Harare City Council (HCC) will be rolling out its first phase of 100 000 prepaid water meters, as part of measures to increase revenue collection. While the smart metering system has been met with fierce criticism from residents and pressure groups, the local ...
Another dry weekend for Harare 29 June 2017 HARARE - Water supplies to over three million residents of the capital city will be cut off this weekend to enable maintenance work to be carried out at Morton Jaffray (MJ) Water Treatment Works, the Daily News can report. MJ is undergoing refurbishment after the city fathers secured a $144 mi...
Egypt firm to open pre-paid meters plant in Harare 29 June 2017 HARARE - Egypt’s El Sewedy Electrometers will in the coming months start assembling pre-paid water meters at a contract manufacturer’s plant being set up in Harare, a council official has said. Harare deputy mayor Enock Mupamawonde — who led a delegation of council officials to Egypt to assess...
Anger at Harare's water billing chaos 28 June 2017 HARARE - Some Harare residents have said they have received bills for thousands of dollars more than they actually owe. Harare City Council director of works Phillip Pfukwa acknowledged that there have been some issues but said they were moving to improve billing accuracy, after years of compl...
No basic facilities in Caledonia 22 June 2017 HARARE – The informal settlement of Caledonia has become a typical shanty town, lacking proper sanitation, safe water supply, electricity, hygienic streets, or other basic human necessities, civic organisations have said. With an estimated population of 125 000 but with no standard clinic to c...
Water pipe bursts increase 17 June 2017 HARARE - Despite an increase in water production at Morton Jaffray (MJ) water treatment works, Harare is still losing the liquid to burst pipes. Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said MJ had increased water production by 20 megalitres, resulting in some pipes giving in to wate...
ZimPhos faces disconnection over water debt 13 June 2017 HARARE - Mining and industrial chemicals manufacturing firm, Zimbabwe Phosphate Industries (ZimPhos) risks having its water supplies cut off by the Harare City Council (HCC) over an outstanding water bill dating back four years ago. According to audit committee minutes, HCC officials were conc...
Harare water crisis worsens 8 June 2017 HARARE - In more depressing news for  Harare residents , the city council has warned that it will continue to cut water supplies even after it completes the refurbishment of its biggest water treatment plant — Morton Jaffray (MJ) — which is expected to increase supplies to both industry and domes...
Residents exploited as water woes mount 6 June 2017 HARARE - Water woes around most of Harare’s suburbs have resulted in the exploitation of residents who now have to pay to fetch water from government-drilled boreholes. Most suburbs around Harare have been dry for a considerable time owing to the council’s failure to provide enough water purif...
Mayor ordered to surrender $63k car 31 May 2017 BULAWAYO - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has ordered the council here to immediately put on sale one of the two recently purchased mayoral vehicles, with the proceeds to be channelled towards service delivery. The city's mayor Martin Moyo recently took delivery of a $118 000 Mercedes Benz GLE ...
Tongaat banks on Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam 31 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest sugar producer, Tongaat Hulett (Tongaat), is banking on the newly-completed Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam to increase production. “The recent completion in Zimbabwe of the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam….will diversify the water catchment area and provide increased stability in future water...
Harare braces for more water cuts 24 May 2017 HARARE - Harare residents must brace for more water cuts, as council moves to repair countless burst pipes across the city. This comes as water supplies are expected to resume, after most suburbs went for days without the precious commodity following the shutdown of Warren Control Pump Station...
Water crisis exposes Harare's deadly failure 24 May 2017 HARARE - For Harare residents, the burden of the ongoing water crisis can be measured in the weight of buckets. Few outside of Harare can tell you how much a 25-litre bucket of water weighs. But in Harare, they can recite it from memory. For years now, many Harare residents have been making...
Harare water crisis deepens 20 May 2017 HARARE - Harare's water crisis is set to continue for much longer, after the City Council (HCC) missed the deadline for the refurbishment of its biggest water treatment plant — Morton Jaffray — which has now been extended by nine more months due to a funding crisis. This comes as most suburbs ...
Kwekwe council drags Zinwa to court 20 May 2017 BULAWAYO - Kwekwe City Council (Kwekwe) has dragged the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) to court demanding the latter be ordered to stop partial or complete disconnection of water supply over payment arrears. The local authority is arguing the disconnections are unlawful. This com...
Govt must review stance on Zinwa 11 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government should make serious resolutions about the management of the capital's water resources by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa). Water shortages have become so critical that most urban dwellers are forced to relieve themselves in the bush re...
Pre-paid water meters for councils: Zinwa 2 May 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has decided to roll-out prepaid water meters to all local authorities, as part of measures to escalate revenue collection. Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said Zinwa will be in charge of the exercise. This comes as most local au...
Council scraps Mabvuku fixed water charges 29 April 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has scrapped fixed water charges for Mabvuku residents, as they were not receiving the commodity. The charges date as far back as 2013. The cancellation comes into effect on April 30 in line with a full council resolution. Current figures indicate that ...
Harare water cuts to continue 24 April 2017 HARARE - Harare should brace for more water cuts as the pumps at the city's water treatment works continue to break down. According to the environmental committee minutes, although Morton Jaffray (MJ) breakdowns are being attended to on a regular basis some valves continue to collapse. The ...
Mayor urged to deliver on water pledge 21 April 2017 HARARE - A residents’ group has demanded the implementation of a pledge by Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni that the Harare City Council will immediately stop charging fixed water charges to ratepayers who have not received council water from the years preceding 2014. Manyenyeni told the counci...
HCC cancels French firm's water deal 20 April 2017 HARARE - The Harare City Council (HCC) has rescinded a multi-million dollar water deal with French firm Veolia Africa (Veolia) after an alert alleging the company has a dodgy track record of bad service and inflated prices. In 2016, the local authority and Veolia entered into negotiations pend...