Harare water pipes too old: Moyo

GOVERNMENT has admitted to the decay of water infrastructure in Harare which is hardest hit by the current cholera outbreak, with Local Government minister July Moyo saying over 5 000 kilometres of sewerage pipes had outlived their lifespan.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Moyo was asked by Norton MP Temba Mliswa in the National Assembly to explain the corrective measures that his ministry was taking to ensure a safe water system in Harare in view of the cholera outbreak.

“Cholera is caused by a number of underlying reasons, one of which is sewerage systems in our local authorities that have collapsed because the pipes are too old, with some of them over 60 years old (sic),” Moyo said.

“In Harare where the epicentre of the cholera outbreak as you know that over 5 000km of sewage pipes have over lived their lifespan (sic).”

He said in the short-term government injected $6,7 million so that Harare City Council can attend to burst pipes.

“They are bursting and they are laid in the same trench as your water systems. So when they burst, they obviously affect the water that is, within the same neighbourhood as the sewerage pipes,” Moyo said.

He said other causes of cholera were poor solid waste management systems, adding government has directed the City of Harare to take care of the Pomona dumpsite.

“Government has now said we need to set up a committee to make sure that resources are mobilised to invest in all our local authorities so that we can upgrade water, sewerage, and storm water drainage systems and give equipment to local authorities so that they can collect refuse timeously,” he said.

Moyo said government was now working with local authorities like the Harare City Council, Chitungwiza Municipality, Epworth Town Board and Ruwa Town Board to set up a committee which will create an organisation that will look after water and sewers across Greater Harare.

“This is what other municipalities and metropolitan cities have done. We are definitely talking to the city councils and we have brought them together so that we can look at these and analyse how we can deal with it,” he said.

3 Comments

  1. Bla bla bla bla bla chabuda hapana. Since 1980 you have been doing nothing waiting for Cholera to kill pple so would realise that, the pipes are old. YOU SHOULD THANK SMITH WHO COLONISED THE COUNTRY. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SMITH GOVT THAT INSTALLED THOSE PIPES, RIGHT NOW, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN USING PIT LATRINES ALL OVER HARARE.
    BLACK POLITICIANS ARE SO CORRUPT, MYOPIC, SELFISH, GREEDY AND USELESS.
    THAT PALTRY 6 MILLION IS BARELY ENOUGH FOR THAT SHORT PERIOD MEASURE. HAPANA ZVOZIKANWA, BASA KUREMBEDZA MATUMBU NEZVIMA SUITS NXA!!!

    1. Tell them Nacido. Thats very true.

  2. Comment…Vakapedzisira kugadzirisa pombi dzekufambisa mvura muHarare ndava E Mudziri. Vachingobviskwa chete pachigaro hapana zvakazoitwazve nezvekugadziriskwa kwadzo. Chikonzero chii
    chaizvo? Dayi tose tayinwa iyi zvayigaro daro here? Asi nekuti vatinoti ndovatungamiri vanonwa yekutenga muzvitoro. Kurapwa chayiko nanoyenda SA, neAsia. Vana vavo hadzidze muno. Nekuti nhamo yemumwe hayirarirwe nenzara. Nhayi vaMyo, mvura iyi yakadzora here kuti inwiwe nekubikisa????????????????????????????????

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