Community Water Alliance urges govt to intervene on water crisis to contain COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Community Water Alliance (CWA) has urged the government to urgently address water crisis so as to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Speaking to SpotLight Online News this Tuesday in the Capital, Hadlife Mudzingwa Programs Officer Community Water Alliance said his organization is concerned about the spread of COVID-19, a pandemic that has find its way to Zimbabwe. Urges government to address water crisis in the city to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

“COVID-19 came at a time when Harare, Norton, Chitungwiza and Ruwa are battling water crisis. The virus will have an impact if the water situation is to persist. We therefore call upon the Central Government to urgently address water crisis in our fight against COVID-19,” he said.

According to Mudzingwa, women and their young once are the most affected by the sitution. They are found queuing for water at boreholes , a scenario that defies the decree made by President Mnangagwa.

“If COVID-19 is to spread women and their young once will be the most affected, they are found fetching water in long queues there by exposed to the disease, they touch borehole pump with different hands. We now see people defying instruction given by the President,” he added.

People world wide are urged to practice safe hygienic principles in order to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic and the use of water is key.

Currently, Harare is getting 200 megalitres of water against the demand of 1000 megalitres on daily basis. Chitungwizi have had a waste scenario where the council is currently having 2 megalitres against a daily target of 75 megalitres.

Tendai Guvamombe