By Nhau Mangirazi
Alaska, October 21, 2016 – RESIDENTS of the small Mashonaland West mining area have had their spirits dampened after learning a new borehole which was ready for commissioning was in fact sunk on an area with flowing sewage.
Alaska is situated about 15km out of Chinhoyi town and falls under the provincial capital Chinhoyi municipality.
Residents in Alaska raised the red flag in September during a budget consultation meeting with local councillor and Chinhoyi municipality mayor Test Michaels indicating the borehole was health concern for them.
Nearly 500 households will be affected and some residents said the mayor had planned to officially handover the borehole on September 21 but it has been put on hold for clinical testing.
“We asked the mayor when he would officially handover the borehole to us as we are battling to get clean water in the area,” said Anna Tagarira a local resident.
“I asked Mayor Michaels if he knew that the borehole was drilled on flowing sewerage. He said he was not aware and assigned the environment officials to assist in clinical tests before anything could happen.”
The affected residents are in the Ward’s Dark City, situated in an area which has long battled water problems.
Mayor Michaels said he was in a meeting and could not respond to calls when RadioVOP sought to verify the claims.
However, municipal officials confirmed on condition of anonymity that the environment health and engineering departments have been tasked to investigate the matter before the borehole was commissioned.
“It is true that the drilled borehole handover has been delayed as officers are now investigating to see if the water is safe for human consumption,” said an official.