Story by Courage Bushe
RESIDENTS of the Nil high-density suburb in Zvishavane are up in arms with the local authority after going for more than a month without tap water.
Residents in the mineral-rich town have now resorted to drawing water from unprotected sources, while others are relieving themselves in open spaces due to water shortages.
The water challenges come at a time when the country has been hit by a cholera outbreak.
A resident said, “Surely there is need for a lasting solution on the issue of water as it has now become a cause for concern and even posing a health hazard for residents.”
“We have gone for almost a month without water because council supplies are not available. But because of the rains, we can breathe a sigh of relief and hope the rains continue,’ said another.
The local authority has blamed the water challenges on vandalism of infrastructure.
Zvishavane Ward 9 Councillor, Councillor Khulekhani Ndlovu said, “The town is now receiving very low water supplies due to the issues of vandalism. Vandalism is affecting us in a bigger way and it’s causing water shortages in the town. It is worrying considering that the town is not getting adequate water due to vandalism of infrastructure.”
The mining town has been rapidly growing over the past few years, hence the increase in demand of social amenities.