Harare City Council has agreed to urgently take concrete steps to improve the water situation during the lockdown period following an urgent chamber application by the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA).
The residents’ organisation had dragged Council to court, together with the Ministries of Finance, Health and Local Government, alleging that they had failed to come up with concrete steps to deal with the water situation during the lockdown period.
Justice Zhou ruled that the parties should come to an agreement as it was clear that CHRA’s matter had strong merits.
In a statement the organisation stated that the given order prescribed that “Harare produce a schedule for the immediate deployment of water bowsers to communities and the schedule should be sent to CHRA in 24 hours”.
Under the order Council has also been mandated to “fix all broken boreholes within the City and produce a maintenance schedule within 24 hours”.
The city authorities will also provide water marshals at water points who shall be monitoring residents for compliance to social distancing.
The Ministry of Finance has since consented to the order to urgently released funds for the purchasing of water chemicals for the capital city.
Many Harare residents, especially from the high density areas, have failed to adhere to the social distancing system being advocated for as they have been mainly using boreholes to access water.
Many of the sites are usually heavily congested putting the success of the government’s lockdown programme at risk of failing.