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August 14, 2009
The high density suburb
of Kuwadzana has gone for almost a week without water following
the destruction of the main water pipe by Harare city council employees
who allegedly broke the pipe when they were digging trenches in
order to repair sewer pipes in the suburb.
According to residents
who spoke to CORAH FM yesterday, council workers were last week
digging trenches in order to replace ageing sewage pipes when they
accidentally broke the main water pipe in Kuwadzana 5. "They
were digging up trenches to replace obsolete sewer pipes when they
suddenly stumbled upon the main water pipe and accidentally destroyed
it. The result was a fierce water burst which led to a lot of water
being lost. When they realized that the situation had terribly gone
out of hand last Saturday, the council employees decided to switch
off the water mains and this means the whole of Kuwadzana has not
been receiving water since then. We are now afraid of being hit
by another cholera outbreak because there is no water in this whole
area," said Mrs Melody Kunaka of Kuwadzana 5.
"The trenches that
they were digging have actually been filled by a combination of
water and sewage and this is putting us at great risk of cholera.
What is of concern is that the whole suburb is without water and
we are not seeing council responding with the swiftness that we
would have expected especially when we consider the dangers that
lie ahead. As residents, we feel that council workers ought to be
more careful when discharging their duties since a small mistake
can lead the whole area into trouble," complained Annah Chowa
of Kuwadzana 1.
Another resident who
refused to be named said that the mixture of sewage and water now
flowing almost in many parts of Kuwadzana means that residents are
now living in fear of contracting water-borne diseases and that
the situation has been worsened by a lot of flies that have been
attracted by the stench smell and worsened by the warm temperatures
Harare is experiencing.
When CORAH FM visited
the area, a long queue could be seen winding at Kuwadzana 1 Secondary
School with residents frantically trying to fetch water from the
only borehole in the suburb. Others could be seen walking from as
far as Warren Park and Dzivarasekwa carrying buckets of water. A
few people who dug water wells in the area were not able to assist
many people as they also feared that their wells could run dry.
Efforts to get a comment
from city authorities were fruitless but a councilor in the area
said the situation was going to be rectified 'soon.'
the Community Radio Harare fact
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