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Council urged to improve water tests to avert diarrhoea outbreaks

Bulawayo councillors have lobbied for the council management to capacitate its laboratories so that the local authority can conduct its own water tests to avoid an outbreak of water-borne diseases.

The city has been hit by a series of diarrhoea outbreaks which have claimed lives and affected thousands of residents.

In the latest report of the future water supplies and water action ward 22 Councillor Rodney Jele said such cases of diarrhoea outbreaks should be avoided in the future.

“Council should fully explain the situation at Tshabalala  Extension with regards to the diarrhoea outbreak. Other pressure groups had rushed to provide incorrect information to the residents.  It was also high time Council purchased laboratory equipment to conduct its own tests.  Such cases of diarrhoea outbreaks should be avoided in the future,” said Cllr Jele.

Ward 13 Councillor Febbie Msipha said the city’s water quality was a cause of concern to residents.

“Council had reported previously that it had adequate stocks of water cleaning chemicals,” said Cllr Msipha.

She said tests should be done before water was pumped to residents. 

In addition, ward 7 Councillor Shadreck  Sibanda said diarrhoea outbreaks must be avoided at all costs in the city.

“Council should not rely on the national electricity grid for water pumping but establish other sources of energy.  It was prudent for authority to be granted to Council to purchase an electrical transformer so that adequate pumping was done,” said Cllr Sibanda.

The Deputy Mayor (Councillor  Mlandu Ncube) said water service delivery should improve. 

“Residents needed clean water to avoid water-borne diseases.  It was sad to note that after 72  hours of water-shedding supplies were restored with contaminated water in  Tshabalala.  The same had once happened in  Luveve.  Council should try at all times to avoid long hours of water-shedding,” said Cllr Ncube.

The Mayor, Councillor Solomon Mguni said collective effort was needed to solve water challenges in the city.

“A detailed report on the diarrhoea situation at Tshabalala and Sizinda would be submitted accordingly,” said Mayor Mguni.

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