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Harare to brace for water cuts
Residents Association (CHRA)
November 12, 2010
Harare residents will have to brace up for worse water woes after
a haulage truck hit the Alex pipeline along Josiah Tongogara which
supplies the city centre as well as the western suburbs that include
Dzivarasekwa, Mabelreign, Kuwadzana, Westlea, Warren Park and Kambuzuma.
The accident occurred around 6am this morning after the haulage
truck veered off the road, hit the pipe and overturned. Tens of
thousands of cubic meters of treated water were gushing out of the
dislocated pipe while a number of residents helplessly looked on.
CHRA spoke to
the Director of Harare Water, Engineer Zvobgo, who pointed out that
water would be disconnected from the main reservoirs so as to pave
way for the repair of the damaged pipe. He said that a lot of water
had already been lost and it is going to take some time for the
reservoirs (especially the one at Warren Hills) to be re-filled.
This means that most suburbs in Harare, including the city centre,
will have to go without water supplies for the next few days. The
Harare Water Engineers were still trying to close the reservoirs
and stop pumping of water to the damaged pipe; two and half hours
after the accident took place.
comes at a time when most residents were already complaining of
water shortages with suburbs like Mabelreign getting erratic supplies
usually during the late night hours. The City of Harare has also
been complaining of the high costs of treating water and the loss
of the tens of thousands cubic meters of treated water is nothing
short of a disaster for both the Harare Water and residents.
Harare Residents' Association urges the City of Harare to
step up its efforts to rectify the problem so as to save residents
from prolonged water cuts. CHRA remains committed to advocating
for good, transparent and accountable local governance as well as
lobbying for quality and affordable municipal services on a non
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