By Community Water Alliance
Community Water Alliance launched #TsimbaDzeUtano/InyatheloLokuhlanzeka campaign in Mabvuku and Tafara today after receiving complaints on sewer bursts by citizens.
Citizens in Mabvuku are living in fear due to serious sewer bursts along Rino and Manyashi streets near area D bus terminus in Mabvuku ward 19. There are also several sewer bursts in most parts of ward 20 and ward 21 Chizhanje area.
The sewer bursts have gone for over two weeks without being addressed despite several reports made at Mabvuku and Tafara district offices.
CWA staff visited the affected households in Mabvuku and noted that there are cases of diarrhoea recorded due to the sewer bursts. Some of the citizens revealed that they are no longer able to use their toilets and have resorted to open defecation using bush toilets.
Citizens are exposed to contracting water borne diseases like typhoid and cholera especially during this period where everyone is fighting against the global pandemic Covid-19.
The state of sewer bursts is brewing a recipe for disaster in Mabvuku and Tafara.
The two high density suburbs have gone for over a decade without receiving potable water supply at the tap from the Local Authority. Citizens are relying on public water points like boreholes and unprotected shallow wells as alternative water sources.
Community Water Alliance is concerned about the persisting sewer bursts in Mabvuku and Tafara. CWA calls for urgent intervention by the Local Authority to address sewer bursts in order to prevent outbreaks of water borne diseases. There is also need to distribute hygiene kits to improve health and hygiene conditions.
CWA urges citizens to take action that prevent and cure sewer blockages as well as reporting all sewer bursts to the Local Authority.