Stink over burst sewer pipes

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - An­drew Mu­vishi Her­ald Re­porter

THE En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) has raised con­cern over sewer bursts in Mu­fakose and urged the Harare City Coun­cil to re­pair them to pre­vent fur­ther pol­lu­tion of wa­ter sources .

EMA’s en­vi­ron­men­tal man­ager for Harare Met­ro­pol­i­tan Prov­ince, Mr Rob­son Mavondo, said raw sewage was be­ing dis­charged into Marimba River which flows into Lake Chivero and there was a high pos­si­bil­ity that un­der­ground wa­ter would be con­tam­i­nated, fur­ther wors­en­ing the cholera sit­u­a­tion.

“We have no­ticed that there is en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion tak­ing place here. Coun­cil has dug a trench to con­tain sewage and it is now sink­ing into the ground and is likely to pol­lute un­der­ground wa­ter.

“All res­i­dents who re­side here are likely to be af­fected by cholera be­cause they draw their wa­ter from shal­low wells,” he said.

Mean­while, Mu­fakose res­i­dents have called on the Harare City Coun­cil to at­tend to se­ri­ous bursts in Mu­riti and Mubayamhon­doro streets.

Re­spond­ing to the res­i­dents’ pleas, coun­cil cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Mr Michael Chideme said the city coun­cil would de­ploy more teams to at­tend to the prob­lem.

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