By Zbc Reporter
WITH water challenges being faced in many high density surburbs in Harare, public private partnerships have become a necessity to ensure availability of the precious liquid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Frequent and proper hand washing is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.
However, in Harare’s Glen Nora suburb, residents say they can go for months without access to running water which could further increase the risk of the spread of the COVID 19.
“Chekutanga ma toilets anenge asingato pindike mvura yacho yeku flushisa hatina, mvura kuzvimbo ino yekuGlennora,” said one resident.
“Mvura inonetsa, apa kuno yakaenda marumwezuro saka haisati yadzoka, saka pasina Mvura manje hapasisina smart apa vanoda running water kuti vakwanise kugeza zvakanaka,” said another.
Women and children, who are highly vulnerable and have to fetch water during odd hours.
“takapedzesera kuiona mvura last year around August zvekuti tinomukira sometimes at 2am kuenda kuzvibhorani kunenghe kuine queue yakarena unotochera mvura na5pm,” said a Glen Norah Resident.
“Dai hurumemnde yatibatsirawo nema sanitizers tirikunzwa kuti ku Mbare vaka sprayer at the same time muno mu glennora ngavambouyawo.Chirikuita kuti vanhu vaite loiter around ndechekutsvaga chikafu. Pakanzi nyika yakuitwa lockdown vanhu vakatenga zvikafu mudzimba asi kuno kunevamwe vanhu vari vulnerable basins kukwanisa kutotenga chikafu.”
“Mvura inonetsa kunouku vanhu ava vaitabasa chokwadi tazadzirwa ma buckets edu,” said some children carrying buckets on water.
A local bulk water delivery company has come to the rescue of the residents saying the private sector and citizens must join hands if the pandemic is to be fought effectively.
“we have realized that people in Glen Nora, Budiriro, Chitungwiza and others are facing challenges of running tap water. We need to look for ways of fighting this pandemic together and not just look at the government on its own, we the people are the government we are responsible for taking the Covid 19 issue in our own hands since the President has announced it as a state of emergency. Our main agenda is to ensure people practice social distancing as people are going on boreholes and queuing and are everyday fighting to get this precious resource. We will be providing water to these communities for the entire lockdown period and looking beyond that too,” saidEddie Gwature company director.
Local councillor for Glen Nora Ward 21 Tendai Matafi says such initiatives will go a long way in protecting citizens from the pandemic.
“Zvinhu zvakakosha vachitipa mvura yakachena inotibatsira pakubika nekunwa varikuti vachatibatsira kusvika chirongwa Che Covid Chapfuura. Izvezvi tirikuvhura ma Culver’s aka clota arikutadzisa mvura kufamba zvakanaka mu Ward 29 zvirikuzokonzeresa vamwe kuti vasakwanise kuwana mvura for more than a month,” said Councillor Tendai Matafi Glen Nora Ward 29.
With Covid-19 now a reality in the country, residents have urged other private entities to complement government efforts in the quest to curb the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.
Access to running water in high density suburbs necessary towards fighting the spread of COVID 19
By Zbc Reporter