Residents of Epworth wait to fetch water at a borehole in Harare, Tuesday, Sept, 24, 2019.The more than 2 million residents of Zimbabwes capital and surrounding towns are now without water after authorities shut down the citys main treatment plant, raising new fears about disease after a recent cholera outbreak while the economy crumbles further.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Residents of Epworth wait to fetch water at a borehole in Harare, Tuesday, Sept, 24, 2019.The more than 2 million residents of Zimbabwes capital and surrounding towns are now without water after authorities shut down the citys main treatment plant, raising new fears about disease after a recent cholera outbreak while the economy crumbles further.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Some relief for Harare residents as city resumes pumping water

By Reuters Time of article published Sep 24, 2019

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HARARE - Zimbabwe's capital Harare will

temporarily resume pumping water at its main water works on

Tuesday, an official said, bringing some relief to residents who

have endured months without water.

Most of Harare's water and sewer infrastructure is in a

state of disrepair leaving the city unable to supply some of its

more than 2 million residents.

Harare City Council acting mayor Enock Mupamawonde told

reporters on Monday that authorities had shut the Morton Jaffray

water works citing shortages of foreign currency to import

treatment chemicals.

On Tuesday he said chemicals had been secured that would

last a week.

The southern African nation is gripped by its worst economic

crisis in a decade that has seen inflation soar and citizens

endure shortages of foreign exchange and fuel, and electricity

cuts that last up to 18 hours.

Mupamawonde said the city had bought chemicals from local

suppliers and pumping of water would resume after 4pm. Residents would start receiving water on Tuesday just

before midnight, he said.

"We are taking this as a buffer period to work around what

happens next," he said at a media briefing, adding that some of

the city's chemical supplies were stuck at the border with South

Africa in the south, awaiting payment and clearance.

The closure of the treatment plant had raised the prospect

of an outbreak of water diseases like cholera, a year after

Zimbabwe suffered its worst cholera outbreak in a decade, which

killed at least 26 people mainly in Harare.

Mupamawonde said Harare would continue to face water

shortages unless new dams that have been on the cards for more

than two decades are built.

The city would drill more public boreholes and truck

portable water to residents as short term solutions, he said.

Reuters

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