CHINHOYI – Residents of Chinhoyi are battling water woes due to failure by the local authority to provide consistent and reliable supplies owing to poor pumping capacity.
Chikonohono, Gunhill and White City residents are at times being forced to go for weeks without tap water due to the crisis.
A Chikonohono resident, Tonderai Chibako, told NewsDay most residents in the area were now walking distances of about 5km to fetch water, and ablution facilities had become a nightmare.
“We have been reduced to rural folk living in urban areas. We walk long distances to fetch water, while toilets in the homes are in a sorry state. We have to force our children to relieve themselves in the nearby bushes, so that we don’t mess the toilets,” said Chibako.
Chinhoyi Mayor Claudious Nyamhondoro said the Chikonohono problem was a result of its landscape.
“Our pumping capacity is still low despite the fact that we managed to upgrade Munyani waterworks with the help of German Agro Action Group.
“Power outages also affect our pumping capacity and we are looking at curbing these problems,” he said.
Nyamhondoro noted council operations were being affected by a huge debt from ratepayers owing the local authority a staggering $8 million.
“We have plans which would require capital to be injected into the waterworks project.
“However, our pockets are low because residents are failing to meet their bills, as we are owed over $8 million in unpaid rates,” he said.