HCC must improve water supply in high density areas

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© EDITOR — The prevailing water shortages in most of Harare’s high density suburbs including Glen View and Budiriro should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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It is clear that the Harare City Council is neglecting to provide adequate and safe domestic water to residents, a constitutional right.

Areas where water supply problems are more acute such as  Budiriro, Epworth and newly-established suburbs are at a greater risk of contracting diseases like cholera and typhoid as water supply infrastructure can no longer meet demand.

Lack of access to safe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices are responsible for the prevalence of preventable diseases in these areas.

The problems of inadequate water supply in high density, low income communities result in exposure to pollution, especially when people resort to digging shallow wells.

The alteration of water quality through sewerage effluent discharges increase concentration of phosphates and nitrates that in turn result in algal blooms and eutrophication.
Tap water, when available is clearly polluted as changes in colour, odour, taste, temperature and turbidity are clearly prevalent.

This is a situation residents can not afford to ignore any more. The relevant authorities must hasten to address this problem before it gets out of hand.

If this explosive situation is not handled with care we might end up having another cholera outbreak such as that of 2008 in which many people lost their lives.

Domestic water supply in high density suburbs, both in terms of quality and quantity, is far from satisfactory and this has exposed residents to various water-related challenges and risks.

Populations in these poor communities are experiencing utter deprivation of safe water supplies and proper sanitary facilities despite paying for the provision of safe water to the council for years.

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It is heart-rending to hear of council officials purchasing top-of-the-range vehicles, awarding themselves hefty perks and allowances while we do not have safe drinking water.

This  is a gross violation of human rights. Someone must act before it is too late! 

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