Harare faces the likelihood of a Covid explosion as a serious water crisis in recent weeks is further exposing the residents to COVID19 , according to the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA).
Council has attributed the poor water supply to shortage of water treatment chemicals.
A statement released by Council stated that they, “are currently facing challenges in procurement of water chemicals. This has seen us being forced to reduce water production”.
Water production has sunk low to below 150 megalitres per day against a demand of 1200 megalitres per day as the City is now running out of water treatment chemicals.
According to CHRA” the situation has led to convergence of residents mainly women at public water points in most high-density suburbs such as Mabvuku, Tafara, Kuwadzana, Glenview and Budiriro as people look for the precious liquid”.
The shortage of water treatment chemicals to the City come at a time when the government is supposed to comply with the High Court Order by availing funds to the local authority to improve water supply during the Covid pandemic.
“The Ministry of Local Government have failed to respond to correspondence by CHRA and confirm whether it has availed funds to the City of Harare for water provision in compliance with the 31st March 2020, High Court Order”.
Public water points which had become alternative water sources for domestic purposes have become potential hotspots for the contraction and spread of the notorious COVID virus.