‘Harare water safe’

HARARE City Council has once again defended the quality of its “greenish and foul-smelling” water, saying it was fit for human consumption and met international standards.

Phyllis Mbanje
STAFF REPORTER

Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said the water, which has been widely condemned by residents and independent water experts as unfit for human consumption, had been approved by the World Health Organisations, adding that the pungent smell and greenish colour in most of the water was caused by a concoction of chemicals used during the purification process.

“Our water is safe to drink and meets the world-class standards that govern us,” Chideme said.

“You will notice that it froths and has a greenish tinge, all this is just lime segmenting and not dirt or any form of contamination.”
Many residents have resorted to sinking their own boreholes, wells or use bottled water in place of the council water.

Council’s water engineer Christopher Zvobgo told members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment in July that the local authority tested its water every hour to ensure its safety.
However, Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) quality assurance director Sebastian Zuze said declaring water safe was not a simple matter as they were processes that are followed.

“When we say a water sample conforms to standards, what we mean is that the processes leading to its sampling and procedures followed were met. It does not mean that it has been declared safe,” Zuze said.

He said it would take a whole audit to ascertain the safety of water and a certificate is issued.

“To the best of my knowledge, we have not carried out such an audit with Harare water,” he said.

14 Comments

  1. Spare us this Harare water is clean mantra you City Fathers. Come to Warren Park and see the dirt that collects at the bottom of any container used in less than five minutes. If I may ask a question, “Why do you prefer drinking mineral water in your workshops and probably sittings and not your not dirt Harae WATER.?” Imi ndimi minors kuva nehupenyu hwakanaka at the expense of the old, orphans, and every other Citizen that may not afford the luxury of buying drinking water nhai? Get real people

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  2. Crazy you claim that your water is safe for consumption when it has flying things and some green segments, kuisa pamhuno wati kunhuwa ikoko. mune hutsinye, am sure your mission is to get rid of all poor Harare residents. You have contributed to the high rate of the recent cancer cases. vaurayi mhondi dzevanhu. drink your water isu takuita zvemigodhi.

  3. I am not paying a cent for this green sludge called water! No to dirt.

  4. wholesome water must be sparkling white, odourless, chlorinated and or floridated. It must be soft (does have recommented concentrations of Mg+ and Ca+ ions) and it must be neutral i.e pH of 7.

  5. The H20 is clean but its the pipes, that need to be replaced. Some of the pipes are old such that they have sludge and rust. HARARE H20 IS CLEAN.

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  8. So what I am understanding is the way the water is collected and tested is safe but that does not guarantee the water is safe. Please don’t try to con us into believing this report. Is the water safe or not and if it is I expect al ministers including the President their staff and families to begin drinking water direct from the tap to help alleviate costs and add some needed money into the governments coffers so it can pay civil servants their bonuses by was it january

  9. Is the water in international cities also green and frothing with brown sediment? No no and No.

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