Monday, April 9, 2012

60 Percent of Harare Residents Drink 'Unsafe' Water

Sixty percent of Harare residents have no access to safe drinking water, according to mayor Muchadeyi Masunda.

In a report detailing the water situation in the capital, Masunda also added that raw sewerage is sometimes offloaded into Harare’s water sources due to crumbling infrastructure.

“Only 40 percent of Harare residents have access to safe drinking water every day,” Masunda said in the report published last week.

“Only 30 percent have access to safe water for between three and five days per week. 20 percent have access to between one and two days per week; 10 percent rely on boreholes and unprotected wells; 40 percent of the population lacks adequate sanitation,” said Masunda.

He added that the failure of the sanitation system in Zimbabwe had resulted in the recording of nearly 100,000 cases of cholera in 2008 and 2009. The mayor added that as of February 16 this year, 2,800 cases of typhoid had been reported in Harare, with two fatalities.
Diarrheal diseases were also said to be prevalent in Harare’s high density suburbs.

The mayor said US$15 million is required to rehabilitate the Prince Edward Water treatment plant; US$17 million for Motton Jaffray plant; US$15 million for the development and installation of a land information management system and a further US$20 million to upgrade and capacitate the sewerage treatment plants.

“In the medium term, US$95 million is required for water works, besides the implementation of the US$539 million Kunzvi Dam project and the US$100 million Nyatsime dam project,” he added.

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