via Fears over water table | The Zimbabwean by Farai Mabeza
Harare’s water table has sunk further as construction and property developments on wetlands take their toll, a former city councillor has said.
Warship Dumba, MDC-T Secretary for Local Government for Harare Province, said the assault on the city’s wetlands was significantly affecting Harare’s water table.
“The water table has gone from a depth of 20 metres to between 30 and 40 metres,” he told a residents meeting, urging the people to block any new projects on wetlands.
Construction projects on wetlands are contributing to increased surface water pollution. Environmentalists and scientists have said the city’s water supply is dependent on the future of the wetlands. Wetlands have been turned into residential stands, shopping malls and industrial sites. Harare now depends largely on recycled water.