Articles tagged 'water'

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HCC cancels French firm's water deal 20 April 2017 HARARE - The Harare City Council (HCC) has rescinded a multi-million dollar water deal with French firm Veolia Africa (Veolia) after an alert alleging the company has a dodgy track record of bad service and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...
Councils must emulate Bulawayo 9 April 2017 HARARE - Reports that the City of Bulawayo had lifted restrictions on water supplies must have come as a relief for residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city. The Friday edition of our sister paper, the Daily News, carried this story, indicating that water levels in dams which supply Bulaway...
Byo council eases water restrictions 7 April 2017 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo has partially lifted water restrictions after dam levels improved significantly following months of heavy rainfall, the council said yesterday. Zimbabwe's second largest city implemented tight water restrictions last year after an El-Nino weather pattern brought drought con...
Address Beitbridge water supply challenges 4 April 2017 EDITOR — It sounds quite strange to hear that water charges in Beitbridge are so high compared with other towns in Zimbabwe. One would expect Beitbridge to have the cheapest water because the distance from the water source to the point of consumption is just too short. Being the busiest bor...
Rust found in Harare groundwater 28 March 2017 HARARE - While groundwater tested in 28 boreholes from 30 of Harare's suburbs is clear of cholera-causing E.Coli bacteria, some of the water is highly acidic and contains rust from rotten plumbing equipment. Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council (UMSCC) chairperson Endy Mhlanga said the assessme...
Harare drinking water condemned 26 March 2017 HARARE - The entire Manyame River — providing water to more than 3 million Harare residents is contaminated, a top official has warned. Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council (UMSCC) compliance assistant Susan Nyarugwe told commemorations of the UN World Water Day hosted by Wildlife and Environme...
Council deploys water bowsers to avert crisis 25 March 2017 HARARE - The on-going water shortages in Harare have forced municipal authorities to deploy water bowsers to parts of the city. This comes as residents of the densely populated Hatcliffe suburb, which receives water only twice a week — have blamed shortages of the precious commodity for causin...
More Harare boreholes contaminated 24 March 2017 HARARE - Scores of Harare residents are exposed to deadly water-borne diseases — cholera and typhoid — after an Oxfam Zimbabwe (Oxfam) survey revealed that more boreholes in high density suburbs are “significantly contaminated”. This comes as Zimbabwe is battling to contain yet another cholera...
'Water shortages trigger cholera' 24 March 2017 HARARE - Hatcliffe residents have blamed severe water shortages for the outbreak of cholera in the suburb, as Harare authorities yesterday said they were preparing for a likely uncontrollable spread of water-borne diseases in the wake of heavy rains. The high density suburb receives water twic...
Safe water provision is critical 19 March 2017 HARARE - Yesterday, our sister paper the Daily News, carried a story on a burst sewer pipe that runs across the Marimba River near Kambuzuma. This is against the background of a cholera outbreak that has been reported in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Two people have since died from the di...
Raw sewer discharged into Marimba River 18 March 2017 HARARE - A burst sewer pipe running across Marimba River has been discharging raw effluent into the water body which feeds into Lake Chivero. The pipe has been discharging the toxic sewer for more than a week, according residents of nearby Gracelands. Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said wh...
Harare in water meter verification exercise 3 March 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council has embarked on an ambitious water meter verification exercise to determine the number of working meters and replace non-functional ones. The council's spokesperson, Michael Chideme, pictured above, said Harare has so far installed over 4 000 water metres in Belved...
Harare CBD runs dry 2 March 2017 HARARE - Harare central business district (CBD) and Norton suburbs have gone for the past three days without tap water. The City of Harare said Msasa and the heavy industrial area were also affected. “Warren Control had a power failure and this affected our delivery into the city,” it said ...
Contaminated boreholes to be decommissioned 2 February 2017 HARARE - Harare boreholes confirmed to be contaminated will be decommissioned, council spokesperson Michael Chideme has said. This comes on the back of a typhoid outbreak — believed to have been caused by contaminated borehole water — in Mbare, which has so far claimed two lives. In relatio...
'Zim's water budget too low' 19 January 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwean government has come under fire after allocating a paltry $16,4 million for water and sanitation programmes over the next financial year, a sum which environmental experts said is woefully inadequate given the size of the country and the health challenges it faces. Finan...
Harare water quality frightens residents 16 January 2017 HARARE - While attention has been turned towards the spreading waterborne diseases, residents in Harare are now raising concerns over the quality of water being supplied by the Harare City Council (HCC). While health services director Prosper Chonzi claims the city's water is safe to drink, it...
Redcliff residents sue council 13 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Redcliff residents have dragged their council to court for failing to provide water and a proper sewer reticulation system. The 482 residents under the Torwood Redcliff Rutendo Ratepayers Association (Torra) cited the Redcliff Municipality as the only defendant in the case. The s...
Council to hike water tariffs 9 January 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed Harare City Council (HCC) is considering hiking water tariffs as part of measures to shore up its dwindling revenues. According to the local authority's finance and development committee minutes for December, councillors argued that the increase will enable HCC to provide...
Demolish Mbare complex: Kasukuwere 6 January 2017 HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said the Gulf Sunshine Bazaar shopping complex in Mbare must be demolished after it caused a flooding crisis. The complex — constructed along Simon Mazorodze Road — blocked drainage ways, leading to the flooding of adjacent homes by run...
'Borehole water could be contaminated' 4 January 2017 HARARE - Water from boreholes in Harare must be tested as it could be contaminated, Health minister David Parirenyatwa warned. This comes as a typhoid outbreak has hit the high density suburb of Mbare and has so far claimed two lives while many others are being treated after drinking water fro...
Suspensions, water crisis cripple Harare 1 January 2017 HARARE - The year 2016 was, for Harare City Council (HCC), a tumultuous period characterised by numerous activities chief among them suspensions of management and elected officials, rescinding of suspensions and interference by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere. The city also began ...