World Environment Day was on the 5th of June 2020. The commemorations fell in the midst of COVID-19, an outregious pandemic that has spearheaded intensification of lockdowns across the globe.
During early hours of Sunday morning social media space had been awash with environment texts. Environmentalists especially youth in climate change had to engage through online platforms, thus adhering to COVID-19 conditions inline with lockdown regulations.
But for a Civic Organization like Community Water Alliance(CWA) it was a complete different story.
The organization took to explore Harare’s borehole environments assessing water situation on the ground.
Water crisis has been deepening in the City of Harare and this has been attributed mainly to climate change among other challenges.
Insurgents of COVID-19 exasibated water situation as the ability to fight the pandemic depends on availability of water supply.
Fighting COVID-19 pandemic in urban centres has been a cause for concern.
Water crisis in Harare inspired borehole drilling and this will be saving residents from outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera , typhoid among others.
A myriad concern centres on risking spread of Coronavirus pandemic among residents themselves. Communities resorted to set up committees which will effectively mantain order at public water points.
CWA sees public water points as an environment which deserves monitoring and assessment.
In an exclusive interview with Spotlight Online News Africa, Hardlife Mudzingwa CWA Coordinator said his organization dedicated ‘World Environment Day’ towards assessment of public water points.
“We monitored boreholes arround the city on the World Environment Day. We assessed work being done by water point committees to keep the environment around boreholes clean. The results of training of water point committees are revealed by safety measures put in place at public water points.”
Mudzingwa however noted health time bomb at some public water points which according to his view required urgent attention to thwart any possibility of a health crisis. Glenview Area 8 was noted to have the worst scenario.
“There were however some boreholes where the dirty environment pose a serious health hazard. An example is a borehole at Glen View Area 8 complex where the surrounding dirty environment poses a serious threat to safety of residents fetching water at the borehole.”
Some boreholes have dilapidated infrastructure and are prone to vandalism.The unfortunate predicament pose health threats to local residents.
“The borehole has been vandalized and continuous flow of water without proper drainage system created a health threat to residents.”
The World Environment Day is worth to remember for CWA as the Civic Society Organization in partnership with Councillor Charles Chidagu successfully striked a deal with a private company.
This will see a private player sinking additional solar powered boreholes in Glenview and Budiriro.