Residents sue council, Govt over water

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Residents sue council, Govt over water

Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter

THE Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has taken the Government to court over failure to provide adequate potable water in the wake of the national lockdown to combat the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

The nation is in a 21-day lockdown which began yesterday after recording seven confirmed coronavirus cases, with one death.

The residents’ association, which is being represented by Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) has cited City of Harare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Health as respondents in an urgent application filed at the High Court yesterday.

They want an order compelling central government and City of Harare to immediately contract bulk water service providers to provide mobile water tanks to ease crowding at community boreholes.

They also want Treasury forced to immediately release money for buy water treatment chemicals in bulk to ensure that the local authority increases water supply to residents.

The lockdown is the principal measure announced by President Mnangagwa in an address to the nation last week.

Though most businesses closed, essential services and producers and retailers of essential goods will continue to be open, including food shops, pharmacies and informal food markets.

Power and water supplies are given high priority, said President Mnangagwa during the address, adding that the Government will work with local authorities to ensure regular supply of water to residential   areas.

As it stands, the city is producing 170 megalitres of water per day against a demand of 1 200 megalitres, seriously compromising household hygiene patterns. It is CHRA’s contention that residents in high density suburbs are crowded at boreholes to get water for domestic purposes.

The respondents are yet to file their responses.


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    Nyoni 2 years ago

    Simply put bad management corruption etc has put our people at risk. Some years back I offered to fix the water problem for no charge whatsover , simply buy the parts needed via a donation of some sort . Alas no indication was made to accept this proposal. Interesting to know why!. I suppose we live and learn .

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    Dudley 2 years ago

    I wonder if the residents are aware that Zinwa has increased the levy payable by bulk water operators from $3 per 1000 liters to $45 per 1000 liters.  This was by way of a recent statutory instrument and of course this massive increase will be passed onto the poor consumer, who should be getting water through their taps. The problem is that there are many unregistered, unmetered operators who do not pay the levy and so are able to sell at a much lower price. Good for the consumer, bad for the water table, Obviously water tests are not carried out by unregistered operators as is required for registration. Surely the levy should be waived, not only during this disease period but until government can supply water to all households. One must ask the question, what is the levy used for? Groundwater is not an infinite resource and needs to be managed with great care.