Michelle Karaga, H-Metro Reporter
RESIDENTS have been urged to closely work with local authorities in addressing water challenges in their communities.
This was said by Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) programmes manager during a Harare Residents Association Metropolitan Workshop held in the capital yesterday.
It was held under the theme ‘Setting the Agenda for Collective Action towards addressing the Harare Water Crisis’.
In an interview with H-Metro, Akili said: “Citizens are in dire need of water and local authorities should work with citizens towards access to water.
“Sewer treatment plants are collapsing everyday hence stakeholders should engage in the water crisis.
“There is poor water quality and burst sewer pipes are not attended to.”
Akili also mentioned that the communities are experiencing arbitrary water disconnections and opaque billing.
“There should be an increase in functional boreholes. There is need to finance water treating chemicals.
“The unattended sewer bursts have brought health challenges like cholera and typhoid to the communities,” he added.
Speaking at the same occasion, Chitungwiza Residents and Ratepayers Associations Secretary Felix Chihoro said Chitungwiza is facing a very difficult time in addressing water problems.
“We are paying water bills for water we don’t have. The water is not safe for drinking therefore we are asking the council to attend to our water issues,” he said.
Deputy mayor Enock Mupamawonde said national attention is required in solving the water crisis.
“We should come up with a permanent lasting solution in particular to the Government because some of these permanent solution projects are beyond the City Council of Harare because they are national projects,” said Mupamawonde.