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Harare shuts down water plant due to treatment chemical shortages

By Staff Reporter

HARARE’S perennial water woes are set to worsen following a decision by authorities at Town House to shut down the city’s Morton Jaffray Water treatment plant after failing to raise funds to buy water treatment chemicals.

This follows a distress call sent to central government by city fathers for Harare’s water challenges to be declared a state of disaster inorder to pave way for a concerted approach to resolving the crisis.

The closure of the plant will bring more misery to rate payers who are already subjected to dry taps every day.

Harare was the epicentre of a devastating cholera outbreak that killed more than 4 000 people countrywide and left more than a hundred thousand hospitalised between 2008 and 2009.

Residents are up in arms over spending priorities by city fathers amid claims that a great chunk of the city’s revenue is channelled towards luxuries for city executives and their aides.

Due to the crisis, some residents have resorted to fetching water from shallow wells, exposing themselves to diseases.

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