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Muchinguri-Kashiri laments water crisis, says fears cholera outbreak
26/01/2016 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Danger of cholera outbreak ... Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri
 
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WATER and environment minister Opphah Muchinguri-Kashiri has raised concern over the continued depletion of Harare’s water table caused by the extensive use of ground water by residents who are shunning tape water, saying this was likely going to cause a massive cholera outbreak as the dry spell continues.

“The ground water levels in Harare are under serious threat as water tables continue to dwindle because people have resorted to the use of ground water as an alternative to municipal water,” Muchinguri told Journalists in Harare on Monday.

Over the past ten years, Harare has seen the sprouting of sub-suburbs some of which are built on wetlands.

Residents in these sub-serviced suburbs depend on shallow wells for domestic water.

There have also been reports that Harare water is contaminated with human waste a situation which has resulted in many shunning tape water.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said as a result of the extensive use ground water which is dwindling and the looming drought which has seen Lake Chivero water levels lowering, there was a likelihood of massive cholera outbreak if water is not properly managed.

“No one of us wants to go back to the experiences of 2008 -2009 cholera outbreaks; we all learnt our lessons and we cannot take second chances,” she said.

An estimated 4000 people died of cholera in 2008.

The outbreak which could have been avoided was ignited by poor sanitation the nation experienced then.

NGOs intervened, sinking boreholes and providing water treatment chemicals and put an end to the crisis.

 

 



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