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Residents demand water

Clive Makumbe

Kadoma City Council is under close scrutiny from local residents to improve water supply in the city since some settlements have gone for more than 20 years without receiving the precious liquid.
Settlements that include Eiffel Flats, Mupamombe, Wards 5, 6, 8 and 13 in Rimuka and Westview are at risk of water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
Many residents face an overwhelming task of walking more than 2km to the nearest source of water for domestic uses.
Kadoma Residents Association Chairman Mr Wikirosi Mutizira recently told the media that the local authority has not solved the water crisis that has continued to haunt local residents for decades.
“Water is a major challenge in Kadoma and in some areas residents have not received water from their taps for more than 20 years now. In Eastview, which is less than a kilometre from the City Centre, residents receive water for two hours, at most,” he said.
Chairman Mutizira said residents desperately need Government intervention since the local authority has failed to address the water crisis.
“We are now appealing to the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo to address the issue as we are hopeless.
“We need an urgent meeting involving all Kadoma stakeholders to solve the water crisis,” he said.
In an interview with Mayor of Kadoma, Muchineripi Chinyanganya said council needs more than $4 million to revamp the water reticulation system and install water pumps for local residents to continuously have a clean water supply.
“We need at least $4 million dollars to service the water reticulation system that had been unattended for decades. We intend to create more reservoirs which means creating more treatment plants to ensure water is safe and clean for consumption,” he said.
Mayor Chinyanganya also bemoaned unplanned settlements that were being built by land developers in the city.
“We have unplanned settlements that are causing the water crisis.
These land developers are costing us dearly when we try to address the water crisis. We have these many land developers which some are bogus that affect our plans in ensuring the continuous flow of water,” he said.

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