Community Water Alliance (CWA) has backed Harare City Council’s (HCC) stance to declare the provision of portable water a national disaster.
Council, through the Chairperson of the Environmental Management Committee (EMC) Cllr Kudzai Kadzombe, has lobbied Government to declare the water situation in the city a disaster after poor rains in the 2018-19 rainy season.
In a statement, CWA said the decision was inspired by reading both contextual factors and the ravaging effects of the drought.
“Several complimentary interventions are required to provide a solution to the problem,” read the statement.
The pressure group suggested several mechanisms such as wetland preservation, temporary mobile water treatment, collaborative stakeholders’ efforts and new water sources as solutions in mitigating water challenges in the city.
“Not one solution will solve will solve everything but the interventions shall be critical to address the emergency. The situation at the moment at the moment will force residents to resort to alternative water sources.”
“A chain of interventions by different actors will help stop the crisis into a health disaster, state and non-state actors should all have their hands on the deck,” said the statement.
CWA also called government to act accordingly inorder to address the situation.
“Investment in other water sources are a priority for Harare Metropolitan Province and government should act decisively,” said CWA.
The group also called on Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to address water challenges through a responsive budget.
“In the context of this emergency a moratorium on water disconnections should be declared. It will be double standards to witness a declaration of disaster with arbitrary water disconnections continuing to be order of the day,” read the statement.