Residents dig wells as water woes persist

borehole.jpegCHITUNGWIZA - Residents in high density suburbs here have resorted to digging wells in their backyards as water supplies remain erratic in the town.

Chitungwiza has a population rated third largest in the country and has been receiving erratic water supplies for the past decade. The water woes have been attributed to skewed economic policies implemented by the former Zanu (PF) government.

We have dug wells even in high density homesteads measuring as small as 150 square meters. We know it is against council by laws, but we have no option. We have been without water supplies for a long time. When we have supplies, it will be briefly over night, said Shiella Chibwe of Unit N high density suburb.

The wells are not protected and pose a health hazard to consumers as raw sewage flows freely all over the suburb. Children also risk tripping into the wells.

A council official who declined to be identified said: The council is reluctant to act on the illegal water wells as any interference may cost them political mileage.

A cholera epidemic looms in the town with the advent of the rain season. Recent warnings by UNICEF that it may cease providing water treatment chemicals to local authorities, may also worsen the already critical situation.

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