Harare residents have been drinking water contaminated by toxins which can cause liver and central nervous system diseases according to a Guardian article quoting a research done recently says.
The study done by a South African company Nanotech Water Solutions in 2019 concluded that the health of the over 3 million Harare residents is in danger due to the effects of the toxins.
A quoted part of the report said the study sought to “demonstrate the oxidative capacity of chlorine dioxide on the plant’s incoming and inherent algae … and its associated toxins, pathogenic (disease-causing) micro-organisms and other micro-contaminants,” said the report.
The toxins are reportedly found in the algae at Harare’s major water reservoirs, including the Chivero and Manyame lakes.
Characteristics of the water that are identified with the toxins include the foul smell and brownish colour of the water.
Harare City Council has been struggling to provide clean water for its residents with management citing the poor economic state of the country for hampering access to foreign currency for chemicals.
Many residents have since resorted to boreholes for drinking water as fears of drinking Council water increase.
Council however remains adamant that their water, though not clean, is safe.