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Zimbabwe Cities Facing Acute Water Shortages

  • Jonga Kandemiiri
  • Chris Gande

There are fears of a fresh outbreak of diseases such as cholera and typhoid in Harare’s southern and western suburbs owing to a major pipe burst at the Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant.

The city council announced Tuesday that there will be no water supplies in the suburbs of Kambuzuma, Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Glen View, Glen Norah and Rugare until the weekend as it works flat out to restore supplies.

In Bulawayo, the council launched what it terms a Blue Monday Water Conservation Campaign and Fundraising Program in an effort to speed up the Insiza water project.

The city is also facing acute shortages of water as major water supply dams have dried up.

Harare City Council Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said the council hopes residents will get clean water from boreholes sunk in various suburbs.

Chiroto said council bowsers are also being used to distribute water to residents.

Some Bulawayo residents have complained that their water situation is being politicized at their expense.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai recently said the water situation is a nationwide problem as it is not only confined to the city.

The prime minister told party supporters Saturday in Bulawayo that the water problem in the city is a creation of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

However, Anglistone Sibanda who is driving a campaign for the sourcing of water from the Zambezi River, told Studio 7 the water problems in Bulawayo are different from the rest of the country because in some places like Harare they are man-made.