Chitungwiza Town Council has been dragged to court over erratic water supplies during the COVID-19 national lockdown.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust (CRT) filed an urgent High Court application seeking an order to compel Government and Chitungwiza Municipality to ensure supply of clean, safe and portable water in the dormitory town.
In the court papers the residents trust is praying for uninterrupted water supply during the lock down period.
“Uninterrupted water supply is key to the fight against COVID-19 during this period,” reads part of the court papers.
CRT becomes the third residents association to take their Council to court over water following similar moves by the Combined Harare Residents Association(CHRA) and Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA).
Chitungwiza Council has been battling to supply clean and safe water to its residents with most of them resorting to boreholes in the dormitory town.
Chitungwiza get its water from Harare which is also struggling to provide water to its own citizens.
Recently City of Harare was taken to court by the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) where it was ordered to provide adequate safe and clean water.
Chitungwiza recquires at least USD$2.5 million per month to meet the supply of water chemicals but the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has been struggling to meet that target.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust Director Diana Alice Kuvheya said that women were the most affected by the erratic water supplies as they end up fetching water and defying the rules of COVID-19.
“Women are in the thick of things so we have filed the court order to flatten the graph of COVID-19
“We prayer for a favourable ruling from the courts but I cannot comment much on the matter, ” Kuvheya said.
Social distancing has become impossible for Chitungwizaresidents given the fact that they have to queue for water at boreholes and wells.