THE Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) maintains that the city council must reclaim total control of the water supply and sewer reticulation management from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa).
The water and sewer crisis bedeviling the city of Harare is a direct result of Zinwaâ€™s general incapacity to effectively execute the mammoth task of providing water to the residents.
Recently the Deputy Minister of State Water and Infrastructural Development Walter Mzembi issued a statement that his ministry will engage the city council to address water and sewer crisis.
The association reasserts its position that Zinwa has failed and the city council must take charge now!
The dry spell that has befallen most Harare suburbs like Mabvuku-Tafara, Msasa Park and Mandara clearly shows that Zinwa does not have what it takes to administer the water and sewer reticulation services in Harare.
Most high density areas are drowned in pools of sewerage due to the unfixed burst sewer pipes.
Zinwa is struggling to purchase chemicals to treat water.
The authority is also failing to finance its wage bill and provide protective clothing to its employees.
All this has resulted in low levels of water production and poor water.
The water and sewer crisis in Harare has led to cholera outbreaks.
We also made submissions to the previous Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development citing the same concerns.
It is the residents of Harareâ€™s right to have adequate and clean water supply.
Farai Barnabas Mangodza, CEO.
Combined Harare Residents Association.