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Residents Attack Council Over Condemned Borehole Water

Harare City Council condemned 26 of its boreholes but residents are not happy since they are their main source of drinking water
The Harare Residents' Trust says it is saddened that the local authority, through its water department, has condemned some of the boreholes that provide water to the city.

A recent Harare Water Department investigation revealed that out of 114 boreholes, 26 are contaminated, 19 of them with faecal matter.

Some of the condemned boreholes are in Hatcliffe, Warren Park, Budiriro, Glen View, Tafara, Mabvuku, Dzivaresekwa and Highfield.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper quoted Harare Water director, Engineer Christopher Zvobgo, as saying that his department was now fitting boreholes with inline chlorinators in a bid to treat the water as it is fetched.

Harare has many unregistered boreholes that were sunk during the peak of the cholera outbreak between 2007 and 2009, but the city council survey only tested water from 114 registered boreholes.

That’s a small percentage of the 235 city-managed boreholes, plus around 3,500 boreholes managed privately.

Harare Residents' Trust coordinator Precious Shumba said that many residents were critical of the city council for testing water only recently, when local people have been saying for years that the water at many boreholes is unsafe.
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