Chitungwiza Residents Forced To Buy Water From Touts

Chitungwiza Residents Forced To Buy Water From Touts

Water chaos in Chitungwiza has reached new levels as a 20-litre bucket of the precious liquid is currently being sold at $20-30 in the dormitory town.

Serious water challenges in the town of over two million residents have gone for years without being addressed.

In an interview with this week, Martha Sigauke, a resident of Zengeza 4 said they have been facing acute challenges as clean and safe water to drink and other domestic purposes was scarce.

As a result, the only avenue to access it was through buying from street touts.

“The water that we are drinking is unsafe. For you to get safe water from local boreholes you must pay $25 for a 20-litre bucket. Water for domestic use is not enough for us, worse in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic where we have to continuously wash our hands and keep clean,” she said.

“Water for household chores like bathing, flushing toilets and laundry is also scarce resulting in us walking at least three to four kilometres daily to Nyatsime for us to get water for such purposes,” she added.

The water crisis in Chitungwiza has been worsened by the town not having its own dam. Instead, the town relies on the City of Harare for supplies.

However, Harare is failing to provide adequate water services to its own residents.

To avert the crisis, Chitungwiza with the aid of donors drilled some boreholes. However, control of the boreholes has been hijacked by youths who are now selling the commodity to desperate residents.

Another resident, Susan Shava said as women they are going through difficult times in accessing the scarce resource despite Zimbabwe receiving an above-normal rainfall this year.
Chitungwiza Residents Forced To Buy Water From Touts
Chitungwiza Residents Forced To Buy Water From Touts
This is because the boreholes in Chitungwiza have been monopolised by unscrupulous individuals who are extorting residents for them to access water.

“We cannot afford to do laundry with the water that we would have bought. We go to Hunyani River to do laundry and dishes. That is the life that we are living here in Chitungwiza,” Susan Shava said.

“For the past five months, we have not received running water from the taps. It is causing many problems for many families here in Chitungwiza as people have to wake up at dawn in search of water at the clean water points where it is sold.”

“People are now fetching water from other people’s households who have boreholes and wells but in this era of Covid-19 as well as the burst sewer pipes in Chitungwiza, it’s a great challenge because water from wells is not safe for consumption because of their shallow depths,” she added.

These water sources are sometimes unclean due to poor sanitisation as evidenced by the September 2018 cholera outbreak in the town which resulted in over 30 deaths.

Tonderayi Chiwanza, a councillor for Ward 6 in Zengeza told some of the challenges they face as leadership was to address water challenges in the town.

“As a municipality with our developmental partners, we are failing,” he admitted.

“When Chitungwiza was developed in the first place, it was a satellite town which was supposed to accommodate 5 hundred thousand people but now it’s capacity is around 2-3 million.”

“With the help of our developmental partners, as a municipality, we have been running around and we have managed to secure funding which will be changing the system from the water plants in St Mary’s up until to our main plant in Unit J Seke.”
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