Chitungwiza issues borehole water warning

12
1948

CHITUNGWIZA Municipality is discouraging residents from using water from boreholes dug at their premises for drinking purposes as it could be contaminated by faecal matter since the water table in the dormitory town is too high.

Report  by Phillip Chidavaenzi

Town clerk George Makunde told NewsDay yesterday that while it was “a misnomer” for individual households to drill boreholes, in view of the water crisis, they had not taken stern measures against such people.

“We don’t normally encourage people to drill boreholes. The water table is high, so the chances that the water could be contaminated are also high,” Makunde said.

“Drilling boreholes is also a misnomer, but because of the water problems, we just encourage people to make sure that the water (from boreholes) is used for other things and not drinking.”

Chitungwiza residents have battled critical water shortages for years and the problem has been exacerbated by the town’s failure to have its own water source.

Chitungwiza gets its water from Harare City Council and is currently saddled with an $8 million water debt.

“Establishing Chitungwiza as a dormitory town was meant to absorb pressure from Harare, but we do not have our own source of water so we rely on Harare. Normally, we need 45 mega litres of water a day, but Harare is only giving us 30 megalitres,” he added.

It was against this backdrop, he said, that residents ended up drilling boreholes so they could have regular access to water.

Early this year, Harare City Council’s health director Prosper Chonzi said 33% of the 254 boreholes in Harare were contaminated with faecal matter.

12 COMMENTS

  1. What do you mean it is a misnomer? I’m sure I am not the only one who doesn’t get it, check the meaning again…

    mis·no·mer – A wrong or inaccurate name or designation

    • I’m sure he is referring to wells kown as migodhi, hence the use of the word “misnomer”.

      • you dont drill a well but you dig a well. He is actually referring to the borehole. Requirements for drilling a borehole is that the site must be placed at least 5 metres from the boundaries of the premises. Most stands in Chitungiza may not meet these requirement hence the reason why he says its a misnomer

    • The reporter is quoting the town clerk and that is why he placed the word misnomer in quotation marks. The word misnomer is actually a noun, which means inappropriateness or unsuitability.
      If its colloquial I dont think there is nothing very wrong with that. Whats the fuss if you have managed to get the meaning. The town clerk here just wanted to highlight that it was not appropriate to drill a borehole for individual households to drill a borehole

    • saka…didnt you understand what the fellow African was trying to say.?..pity on you ‘black men’ who tries to be more European than the Europeans themselves…a perfectionist for a foreign language…very silly

  2. This mdc council has not just failed us but it is peeing on our faces too. Everything is going in the wrong direction water, roads, ranks everything is so wrong. If this wrongs has been happening in other better countries these guys like anaMasunda who doesn’t want to step like their cronies would be walking with a bullet in their heads.

  3. please officials, vakuru vakuru vari kutambira zvavo mari dzinotenga , mukanzuru, what do we do? tiudzeiwo kuti tonwei, kana muchitipa mvura kamwechjete pasvondo, ? mati tinwe weti here? todii,? tipeiwo zano…
    nxaaaa

  4. Thanx!!! But plz inform the residents bout yo water coz ‘most’ of them r saying yo tap water is not safe 4 drinking also!!! Hope the water supply will get better soon coz…….!!!!!!

    • taura hako Jet…..mbiti idzi dzinoda kuzviita varungu dzichatinetsa…very soon dzinenge dzava kuzviita ma China…nyika yaenda baba iwe shonga

  5. Chitungwiza Town Council’s public relations unit is not doing its work. Why should residents be kept in the dark on issues affecting their daily lives. The “new” town clerk should not take residents for granted because he himself is not directly affected by the persistent water cuts, potholes, tall grass, unmarked roads, road humps which look like mountains, litter, burst sewer pipes etc as he does not stay in Chitungwiza his former highly incompetent substantive predecessor. We need water everyday of our lives. What is the municipality doing to avail the adequate 40 mega litres?The Town Clerk should know that he was appointed all the way from Kariba Town Council to solve all of Chitungwiza’s problems and emerging ones too and not to merely describe them like several other local authority executives often do but without proferring progressive short-term and long-term solutions.Chitungwiza residents await tangible solutions to their water and associated problems once and for all.

  6. Chitungwiza Town Council’s public relations unit is not doing its work. Why should residents be kept in the dark on issues affecting their daily lives. The “new” town clerk should not take residents for granted because he himself is not directly affected by the persistent water cuts, potholes, tall grass, unmarked roads, road humps which look like mountains, litter, burst sewer pipes etc as he does not stay in Chitungwiza, just like his former highly incompetent substantive predecessor. We need water everyday of our lives. What is the municipality doing to avail the adequate 40 mega litres?The Town Clerk should know that he was appointed all the way from Kariba Town Council to solve all of Chitungwiza’s problems and emerging ones too and not to merely describe them like several other local authority executives often do but without proferring progressive short-term and long-term solutions.Chitungwiza residents await tangible solutions to their water and associated problems once and for all.

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