The majority of local authorities are producing below half of the daily water demand and the water situation is likely to become worse in the coming months according to experts.
Community Water Alliance says the water crisis is “now a wicked problem and it requires multi-faceted approaches to resolve the problem”.
“Dwindling dam levels and drying of shallow wells within local authorities are indications of bad times ahead. Under normal situations wells dry up in September”, it said.
So far the organisation has done assessments and observations in Harare, Chitungwiza, Masvingo, Bulawayo and Gweru.
“The results coming from the observation and assessment are not pleasing. The water supply situation is continuously deteriorating”.
The poor water situation has also led to deteriorating and compromised “hygiene standards within suburbs, with serious concerns in Harare suburbs of Hatcliff, Budiriro and Glen View and the majority of suburbs in Bulawayo”.
The situation is a cause for concern as the same areas have previously had challenges with cholera outbreaks which killed thousands.
Budiriro has around 40 000 households and this is placing pressure on limited water access points in the suburb.
The crisis of water delivery will have a huge burden on women and will further compromise health conditions especially with the COVID-19 pandemic according to the organisation.
Hand washing is one of the safety precautions encouraged in the fight against Covid19 and with water shortages regular hand-washing will be difficult to practice.