Unattended burst sewer pipes in Harare’s high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro have raised concern of a possible health hazard looming in the suburbs, Newsday reports.
58 pipe bursts have been reported in Glen View alone while 79 were reported in Budiriro according to the publication.
Reports by the publication indicate that some of the wastewater is reportedly flowing towards community boreholes.
Community Water Alliance (CWA) spokesperson Christopher Gohori spoke to the publication and said the City of Harare must have a bigger budget for water and sewer pipe replacement:
In order to address this problem, there is need to elicit accountability and response from duty bearers on addressing burst water and sewage pipes. CWA calls for increased budget allocation in water and sewage pipe replacement and repairs in order to prevent deaths from water borne diseases like typhoid and cholera
City of Harare should focus on reducing non-revenue water or water leakages as a way of increasing revenue from water and it also helps in the implementation of handwashing with soap under running water as one of the COVID-19 prevention protocols.