Water Crisis Forces Residents To Use 'Bush Toilets'

By Sydney Gokomere

 Zvishavane, October 17, 2016 – ZVISHAVANE Ward 7 residents have urged the town council to address the critical water crisis in the area saying the situation was forcing them to resort to the bush toilet system.


Speaking at a recent 2017 proposed budget consultation in the mining town, the residents said council should prioritise the provision of water in the area to avoid the outbreak of diseases such as cholera.


Town secretary Tinoda Mukutu could not be reached for comment but the residents said the situation was so dire that they feared for their health.


“The situation is so bad that we have now resorted to the bush toilet system for quite a long time now,” Tinashe Banda told RadioVOP.


“We urge council to address our plight in the 2017 budget,” Miriam Rukudo said they last experienced proper service delivery when the Shabani asbestos mine was still operational.


Rukudo said since then, taps have mostly been dry due to low pressure water coming out in the middle of the night.


She said despite the erratic water supplies, raw sewage was gushing from the public toilets in the area posing a serious health hazard.


Last year, Zvishavane Urban Residents and Ratepayers’ Association made an outcry about the water situation, which they said was the same throughout the mining town.