Articles tagged 'water'

Water disconnections: HCC defies court ruling 25 April 2015 HARARE - The Harare City Council (HCC) which has continued to disconnect residents’ water is acting in contempt of court following a High Court ruling by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu outlawing all water disconnections. Bhunu described Section 8 of the water by-law under statutory instrument (SI) 1...
Residents declare war on prepaid water meters 14 April 2015 HARARE - As Zimbabwe’s local municipalities — including Harare and Bulawayo — toy with the idea of introducing prepaid water meters in homes, residents say they will fight to the end to block the move which they say is a matter of life and death. Here Senior Assistant Editor Guthrie Munyuki en...
War over prepaid water meters 28 March 2015 HARARE - City fathers in Masvingo and Harare are on a collision course with their residents who are resisting the installation of prepared water meters. On Thursday evening, Harare residents demonstrated against the city's plans to install prepaid water meters during a full council meeting at ...
Residents up fight on prepaid water meters 27 March 2015 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) has upped its fight against prepaid water meters by coming up with a position paper outlining its research findings on the controversial gadgets. The organisation found that the prepaid system was at odds with Zimbabwe’s socio-econom...
Rights lawyers wade into prepaid water meters furore 3 March 2015 BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has waded into the highly-controversial prepaid water meter wrangle by challenging the Bulawayo City Council to clarify its position on the matter. In a February 12 dated letter addressed to the city council’s chamber secretary, Sikhangele Zh...
Rate slashing backfires 21 February 2015 MUTARE - Government's decision to slash water bills ahead of the 2013 harmonised elections has backfired as the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) is now demanding payment from the cash-strapped Mutare City Council, a councillor revealed. Speaking on behalf of Mutare Municipality at a C...
3-day Harare water shutdown 'unconstitutional' 15 January 2015 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has been slammed for violating the constitutional rights of Harare residents by cutting water supplies for three days without providing alternative safe water. HCC principal communications officer, Michael Chideme, announced last week that the local authority...
Billionaire Bill Gates drinks water made from human waste 7 January 2015 NEW YORK - Bill Gates, US business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer and inventor, is committed to raising awareness around the issue of sanitation in developing countries. Mr Gates funded Janicki Bioenergy, a small engineering firm based outside of Seattle, which makes wa...
Council warned over water deal 1 January 2015 HARARE - A councillor has warned the Harare City Council (HCC) to exercise due diligence in its proposed deal with Singapore company, Neoparagon. The Asian company is set to partner with Harare City in the privatisation of its water department, creating Harare City Water Corporation. Allan ...
Masvingo runs dry 10 December 2014 MASVINGO - Residents here are up in arms with the city council after going for a week without water. “We are facing several challenges as we cannot do anything without water,” fumed Tinashe Mugango from Sisk in Mucheke high density suburbs. “We are also worried that the city fathers have no...
Improve water supply in high density areas 2 November 2014 EDITOR — The prevailing water shortages in most of Harare’s high density suburbs including Glen View and Budiriro high density suburbs should be addressed as a matter of urgency. It is clear that the Harare City Council is neglecting to provide adequate and safe domestic water to residents, a ...
Residents stage demo over water crisis 10 August 2014 HARARE - Dozens of Harare residents yesterday converged at Town House to protest mounting water woes being experienced in the capital. The residents, led by Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra), arrived at Town House with empty buckets, symbolising the shortage of water in most parts o...
No water at Kadoma General Hospital 15 June 2014 KADOMA - A sick man staggers, walking with difficulty aided by a stick as he labours to get to the hospital’s water tap within his ward. He is thirsty and writhing in pain. As he finally reaches the water tap, his mouth is so dry that his thirst for a drink overwhelms everything, even his s...
Mercury levels in water rising: Experts 2 June 2014 HARARE - Government and the World Bank (WB) are conducting research to ascertain the levels of mercury pollution in Zimbabwe amid indications that the highly toxic element has entered the food chain. Isaac Kunene, environment and natural resources director, said the Zimbabwe diagnostic report ...
Water pollution: Govt acts 18 May 2014 HARARE - With pollution of the environment and water bodies across Zimbabwe at its peak, government has set a June 30 deadline for all polluters to shape up or ship out. At a recent inter-ministerial meeting on pollution, minister of Local Government Public Works and Urban Development Ignatius...
Lawyers demand right to clean water 9 May 2014 HARARE - Government must take urgent measures to ensure that people access adequate and clean water, which is now a constitutional right enshrined in the new charter, a rights organisation has said. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said investigations must be made into culpability for ...
Murky water irks residents 4 May 2014 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo residents have blasted the city council over “muddy and smelly” water piped on Workers Day, posing a health hazard to ratepayers. Used to potable water even during the peak of serious water shortages that prompted the city fathers to introduce a tight water rationing regime...
Pupils appeal for water assistance from Unicef 30 March 2014 HARARE - Primary school pupils in Matabeleland South have appealed to United Nations agency Unicef to assist them in accessing water and sanitation which are all fundamental human rights provided for in the Constitution. Thirteen-year-old Noleen Mlalazi, from ward 17 Manama, pleaded with Unice...
Harare's water woes worrisome 30 March 2014 HARARE - Not so long ago, maybe during the early eighties, if one had accurately foretold Zimbabwe's present reality, quizzical looks would have met that assertion and he would have been taken to the nearest mental asylum for making crazy prophesies. But alas! What was once a rarity has become...
Please act now, Mr President 13 March 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's service delivery sectors are on a death spiral that could produce a crisis, with hospitals in the intensive care unit, water getting scarcer and thousands of children dropping out of school, and  increasingly desperate citizens being caught in the crossfire. With social ser...
Water shortages hit Harare 27 February 2014 HARARE - The current water shortages being experienced in Harare have been attributed to the ongoing upgrading of the Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant. Leslie Gwindi, Harare City Council spokesperson, said the shortages were a result of decommissioning of some pumps. “Some pumps were de...
Gold panners ruin Byo council's work 27 January 2014 BULAWAYO - Illegal gold panning activities taking place in areas near some of Bulawayo’s water supply dams, remain a thorn in the flesh to the city council which for years has battled to provide uninterrupted water to its residents. The city council has been fighting the panners popularly know...
Byo council reduces water rationing 12 January 2014 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City Council will from this week further reduce its current water rationing period from  two days to a day relieving residents of a pesky water cut regime introduced in July last year. Speaking at a press briefing held at the City Council Chambers last week, Mayor Martin Mo...
Masvingo declares water emergency 18 December 2013 MASVINGO - The City Council here yesterday declared a state of emergency because of a severe shortage of potable water. The water levels at Lake Mutirikwi are critical, amid fears water supplies in some areas will run out soon. The Zimbabwe Republic Police’s sub aqua unit has been asked to ...
Morton Jaffray refurbishment underway 13 December 2013 HARARE - Harare City Council is making progress to refurbish the Morton Jaffray waterworks, with project designs having been completed, officials have said. Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, said despite the China Exim Bank-funded project having taken off barely two months ago, council was hap...