Faced with a shortage of foreign currency to import water treatment chemicals, and supply dams drying up, Harare City Council is expected to declare the water situation a state of emergency.
This will allow partners to step in to alleviate the water shortages being experienced in the city.
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Harare City Council environmental management committee chairperson Councillor Kudzai Kadzombe, in an interview with The Herald, said:
Seke and Harava dams have dried up, forcing the council to decommission the Prince Edward Waterworks, which produces over 80 million litres daily.
The drought comes at time pollution and a dilapidated water reticulation system are at centre stage.
… When we get to a situation like the one we are in now, we have to be prepared as a city and as a nation to survive in that mode.
We are going to make a full presentation at the full council next week to try and bring interim solutions such as water bowsers, sink deeper boreholes to cushion our residents from the water crisis.
More: The Herald
The Harare City Council is an administrative body tasked with providing services for residence of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Among other duties, the council is responsible for providing clean drinking water, housing and accomodation, refuse collection facilities and health services. Read More About Harare City Council
Seke is a District of Mashonaland East Province. It is named after Seke who ruled the area before the British arrived. It includes the town of Beatrice. See Mandedza Secondary School. Read More About Seke