Monday, January 14, 2008

Harare water crisis

From Zim Independent:

Kanengoni stays in an area in the suburb commonly known as Kugarika Kushinga Housing Cooperative near the country's largest cement manufacturing company, Circle Cement. The area has gone for more than 10 months without tap water thanks to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa)'s operational deficiencies and incompetence.

Water cuts in some parts of Mabvuku and Tafara have become a way of life since Zinwa took over the supply of potable water in the capital and is affecting close to 50 000 residents.

The problem has forced residents to resort to fetching water from unprotected wells, exposing the people to waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare recently said at least 10 people from Mabvuku and Tafara had died from diarrhoea last month. The deaths were attributed to water cuts....

there were 400 diarrhoea cases reported in Mabvuku and Tafara and called on Zinwa and the Harare City Council to normalise the supply of portable water.

The council has since pledged to sink 14 boreholes in the two suburbs to ease the water shortages. But residents say nothing has happened since the high-profile ministerial visit last week.

Despite the inability by Zinwa to supply water, especially to the people of Kugarika Kushinga Housing Cooperative, the residents continue to receive monthly bills from the authority...

Note: One self dug shallow well is $350, a borehole deep well about 6000 dollars.

We are building greenhouses for off season vegetable growing, the initial project is three sites, and each site has a borehole, which our gov't is paying for...the entire project grant was 6500 dollars US..

to put it into perspective, Singer Madonna spends ten thousand a month on specialized water to drink.

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