Bottled water ‘scam’ shakes market

PANIC gripped the country’s retail sector yesterday, with some shops rejecting some bottled water brands deemed as contaminated.

By Staff Reporter

Our sister newspaper, The Zimbabwe Independent first broke the story following laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), which concluded that some bottled water sold on the market were contaminated and unsuitable for human consumption.

But Dairibord Zimbabwe, bottlers of the Aqualite brand, came out guns blazing against the report, stating that their water was safe for consumption and saying their distillation process was up to standard.

Theodora Marimo, an official within the amalgamated group which has interests in the processing of dairy products and other consumables and responsible for the water distillation unit, said EMA should have engaged them before releasing their report as the findings were “false”.

“Our water undergoes rigorous processing that ensures that it is free of any contaminants and is safe. Further, we carry out tests on every batch to provide extra assurance to our customers,” Marimo said.

She also said the bottled water was certified by the Standard Association of Zimbabwe, a State organ responsible for quality assurance of all products originating in Zimbabwe.

“Aqualite is certified by Standards Association of Zimbabwe, who also carry out independent verification. EMA has not engaged us as would have been expected for us to understand where the disparity in their tests is arising from,” Marimo said.

“We are available and willing to go through testing and verification with them. We retain samples of our production for verification if the need arises.”

The report, which was commissioned by government as the country battled typhoid and cholera outbreaks, confirmed the presence of harmful coliform bacteria in 26% of the sampled boreholes in both low and high-density suburbs.

Other distillers mentioned in the report were not immediately available for comment.

NewsDay Weekender is, however, reliably informed that the controversial report has caused panic within the market, with some retailers informing water bottlers to recall their products.

4 Comments

  1. Marimo should shut up if the water is contaminated why do you want to be engaged, waida ku briber EMA tinokuzivai just correct the anomaly and provide safe water to people this time its catching up with you.

  2. I saw an a video clip where Tuku said even mvura yemubhodhoro vashaidza usati wamwa and I thought ainge achiita zvake madanha. Hino ndezvipi? Tiri pama1 chaiwo.

  3. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Aaaa, motaura nezve yemumabhodhoro inonwiwa nevashoma vane mari dzekutenga. Ko yemupombi yevazhinji? Uchida usingadi unotoibhadhara nekuti Kanzuru inopa bhiri mwedzi wega wega. Ukayiisa mumugoro, chigubhu, bhodho kana bhavhu yogadzana, pasi payo panenge paine chisiwonekwe mudzi webwe. Ivirise, unowona ichiyita furu rekunge urikubika muriwo wabva mukutemhwa. Asi uchida, usingadi hanzi bhadhara chete. Kuyinwa kuishandisa nekusayishandisa bhadhara. Akuna hudzvinyiriri hunopfuwura uhwu. Esi nhayi Gurukota rehutano, Gurukota remaguta neGurukota remvura, mvura idzi dzinobuda mumapombi dzinekodzero dzekuti dzipinde mumatumbu evanhu here? Mvura inoshandiskwa neruzhinji ndiyo NHOPE yeNHOPE. Ndinovimba vawongorori vachayita wongororo vaita vanhu vazive sayizvozviwo. Ini fambe ini fambe ini teyereee. Imhanye ini mhanye
    ini teyereee. Ini mire ini mire ini teyeree. Ini tarise ini tarise ini teyereee. Ini bvnze ini bvunze ini teyereee. Ndovivimba Makurukota
    muchayendawo kuDare reParamende kuitira kuti musangane nemibvunzo. Asi seyi musingayende kuParamende nhayi, munenge
    muripi, Ndovimba akuchaitwi musanga wePoritibhiro musi weParamende anditi nhayi.

  4. Which Gvt commissioned the report? Its all falsewood. People PAID to destroy other bottled water brands!

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