Bindura water supply cut as artisanal miners clog source

By ZBC Reporter
Rampant artisanal mining activities along the Mazowe River in Mashonaland Central have disrupted the water reticulation system in Bindura and parts of Mazowe district.
A visit by the permanent Secretary in the ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Dr Aaron Nhepera to Mashonaland Central province to assess the state of preparedness to deal with Covid 19 has opened a can of worms amid revelations that Mazowe and Bindura’s water sources are clogged due to illegal stream bank mining by some companies.
Authorities revealed some companies carrying out alluvial mining on the Mazowe River are the major culprits.
“The situation we have witnessed here is very dire, some of the companies have not been faithful, so we have engaged en authorities and summoned some of the companies to de-silt,” said Cosmas Chiringa, Mashonaland Central Provincial Administrator .
Dr Nhepera described the disruption of water supply as a blow to the fight against Covid 19.
“It’s quite unfortunate to see a water situation like that, it defeats the whole purpose of lockdown and exposes people to -19 hence the need to deal with it urgently,” he said.
The Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Permanent Secretary completed his tour of Mashonaland central at Mvurwi hospital and where he hailed the provincial leadership for being ahead of schedule in terms of preparing isolation centres.