Articles tagged 'water'

Pari Hospital slams Council over water crisis 3 November 2016 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 w...
Water merchants bleed residents 31 October 2016 HARARE - Harare’s dire water crisis has led to the emergence of unscrupulous merchants who are making a killing off selling the precious liquid to desperate residents in the capital’s poor townships. This comes as water levels at the country’s major dams have receded to precarious levels with ...
Council to decommission PE water works: Manyenyeni 30 October 2016 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) could soon consider decommissioning Prince Edward (PE) water treatment works, as Harava Dam (Harava) is slowly drying up, mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said. In an interview with the Daily News on Thursday, Manyenyeni said the low levels at Harava — which supplies...
Zim in dire water crisis 22 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is in a dire water crisis, with the impeding rains unlikely to improve the situation, Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said. Apart from the crisis being caused by the El Nino-induced drought that has ravaged most parts of the country, Muchinguri-Kashiri said ...
Zim runs dry 16 October 2016 HARARE - The devastating effects of the El Nino-induced drought are now being felt across the country with residents and officials warning of a potential national disaster if the critical water situation is not dealt with. There are fears that Zimbabwe could slide back to the 2008/2009 period ...
'No going back on prepaid water meters' 14 October 2016 HARARE - Government is fully behind the installation of prepaid water meters, as the gadgets create the most viable revenue collection option, Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, said. Speaking at the launch of the Harare City Council (HCC)'s Rapid Results project, Kasukuwere said a...
Harare battles dire water crisis 4 October 2016 HARARE - Many more residents of Harare may have to do without water for weeks in the coming months, amid revelations that the capital city is only left with five months' supply of the precious liquid. With Harare requiring a total of 800 megalitres a day to meet its full demand, the city is cu...
Zinwa water expensive: Parly 19 September 2016 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) makes it very difficult for local authorities to provide effective services due to their steep raw water prices, chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government Irene Zindi said. Speaking at a Combined Harare Resid...
Concerns over prepaid water meters report 2 September 2016 HARARE - The Residents Forum (RF) has petitioned the Harare City Council (HCC) demanding to be furnished with findings of a report on the prepaid water meters pilot project. According to RF's coordinator Denford Ngadziore, the report contains crucial details on the criteria used in selecting t...
'Residents expect 2018 debt write-off' 14 August 2016 HARARE - Residents' anticipation of another debt write-off in 2018 is among the major reasons behind the high default on rates and water bills, the Harare City Council (HCC) has said. In 2013, President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF instructed all 92 local authorities in Zimbabwe to write-off reside...
Mixed reactions to prepaid water meters 31 July 2016 HARARE - As the Harare City Council (HCC) goes ahead with installing prepaid water meters, much to the chagrin of residents associations who feel the move is in violation of people’s constitutional right to water, some are actually approaching the local authority demanding installation of the dev...
Council disconnects Kebab Centre water supplies 8 July 2016 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) on Wednesday disconnected water supplies for Caps Holdings and Kebab Centre over a $500 000 debt. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said Caps Holdings owed council $428 000 in unpaid water bills while Kebab Centre owed HCC $94 000. He said the two companies...
'Prepaid meters to minimise water loss' 8 July 2016 HARARE - The prepaid water meters that Harare City Council (HCC) will soon roll out are equipped with a system that will prevent illegal reconnections and tempering as is currently common in the capital. HCC acting town clerk Josephine Ncube said with demand for the water meters surging, counc...
Pre-paid water metres welcome 29 April 2016 EDITOR — I write in response to the pre-paid water metres to be installed starting from mid-May 2016 in Harare. Hopefully, the idea will be implemented countrywide. The pre-paid water system has come as an advantage. The system is normally made up of point of sale units, token cards or prepaym...
Our water is WHO certified: Harare council 13 April 2016 HARARE - Despite misgivings by consumers that water provided by the City of Harare is not fit for human consumption, council is adamant that they meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Whenever there are thirsty many people in the capital now prefer water from other sources instea...
HCC continues with water disconnections 31 March 2016 HARARE - Despite the fact that the High Court has outlawed water disconnections, Harare City Council (HCC) says it will continue disconnecting water to squeeze defaulters into settling their bills. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said in a statement that the city authorities are owed more tha...
Govt monitors groundwater extractions 27 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to monitor ground water withdrawals as part of strategies to mitigate effects of a devastating drought, a senior government official has said. Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said there was need to properly manage the available water sources, which face depleti...
Conserving water a must for everyone 19 February 2016 EDITOR — I listened to a radio programme recently that said most towns and cities in this country do not have enough water to last them to the next rainy season. And as a result many councils had resorted to limiting the water they supply to residents. The programme was mostly attributing t...
'Harare water unsafe to drink' 14 December 2015 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 ...
EU boosts Chivi water, sanitation projects 12 December 2015 CHIVI - A few months ago, Mary Mangoma from Chivi District in Masvingo Province faced a serious water problem as she had little access to potable water as well as proper sanitation. Every morning, she was forced to travel at least three kilometres to the nearest water source, a small unpro...
Residents go for 5 years without water 18 November 2015 BULAWAYO - Residents in Bulawayo's Dlamini township, who have gone for almost five years without potable water have given the town's mayor Martin Moyo a 21-day ultimatum to restore supplies failure of which they will approach the relevant ministry for relief. The committee representing the res...
Mutare, villagers clash over water 9 November 2015 MUTASA - Despite living on the banks of Pungwe River and with a pipeline running through their growth point, Mutasa District Council has no constant water supply as the city of Mutare takes the bulk of the precious liquid. And the city of Mutare— which draws its water from Pungwe River, does n...
Water disconnections are not the only option 3 September 2015 HARARE - Local authorities all over Zimbabwe, which have threatened to continue massive water disconnections to non-paying households, must first put their houses in order by improving deliveries and establishing credible billing systems before cutting people off. Most local authorities claim ...
Calls for prepaid water meters demo 1 September 2015 BULAWAYO - Residents here say they will on Friday unfurl mass demonstrations against the introduction of prepaid water meters in the city. The protests are being called by civic group Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) which said it was mobilising over 10 000 residents to take t...
Legislators oppose prepaid water meters 27 May 2015 MASVINGO - Legislators from the local government parliamentary portfolio committee have joined residents here in resisting the installation of prepaid water meters, arguing privatisation of water was inhuman. Speaking during an advocacy and lobby workshop organised by Masvingo Residents and Ra...