Harare City Council has urged the government to accelerate the construction of several dams to provide a lasting solution to the water challenges being experienced in the city.
Acting Harare mayor councillor Enock Mupamawonde told stakeholders at a Water Policy dialogue that the current usual water reservoirs supplying Harare are all stressed.
Lakes Chivero and Manyame were heavily polluted, while Seke and Harava had dried up, revealed Mupamawonde. He said:
The construction of Kunzvi, Musami and Mazowe dam must get priority if we are to get a permanent solution to this water crisis.
This is an emergency and we feel that the Government should fulfil its obligations to ensure that our residents get water.
In the absence of these water facilities, our fears are that Harare may soon run dry, even the boreholes that we drilled may soon dry up as well because the water table is now stressed.
We are living in desperate times as far as water provision is concerned we have called on the government to declare the water situation in Harare a national disaster.
If it is declared a national disaster, it means a lot in terms of the programmes of action which can be put in place both by the city and at the national level by the government.
Because the situation has become desperate, the declaration would enable donors and the international community to mobilise resources so as to salvage the situation.