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Zimbabwe National Water Authority Shuts Off Water To Capital For A Week

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority said Monday that it was obliged to cut water supplies to Harare, the capital, and Chitungwiza, a satellite town, due to an equipment failure at the Morton Jaffray Waterworks that serves metropolitan Harare.

ZINWA said intermittent power cuts at the waterworks last week crippled the treatment facility. A number of Harare districts and suburbs have been waterless for some time, and diarrheal disease has broken out in Mabvuku, Tafara, Hatcliffe and Mufakose.

The Combined Harare Residents Association said ZINWA has failed to provide water to Harare and Chitungwiza since it took over the provision of service.

CHRA Information Officer Mfundo Mlilo told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the latest breakdown further confirms ZINWA is unable to ensure the flow of clean water.

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