Water Vendors in Chitungwiza are reportedly making a killing as they are selling water to desperate residents and charging anything between $2 and $10 for a 20 liter bucket of water, as the satellite town water woes persist, The Herald reports.
Chitungwiza Council gets water from Harare City Council and in some areas around the town, tapped water is available once a week and some areas do not receive water at all. Some households rely on buying bulk water from vendors while the majority have to buy water from the so-called vendors who source it from boreholes, wells and shallow wells and pools.
Speaking to the publication, one resident said they had no option but to seek the services of the water vendors:
We do not have a choice. Authorities who are supposed to provide us with water have failed us. I buy 12 buckets of water daily and I hire someone to carry those buckets to my house and they charge $2 per bucket. So all in all, I need close to $50 daily for water.
Other families have resorted to partnering up to drill a borehole for their exclusive use because the water crisis doesn’t show any signs of rescinding anytime soon.
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