Urban local authorities in the country have confirmed that they have water treatment chemicals to last till June as preparations are being made to ensure a smooth transition when UNICEF finally pulls out of the water treatment partnership on the 31st of March.
The pull out by UNICEF from the critical multi-million dollar water treatment partnership will leave more than 4 million people , one in every three Zimbabweans at risk of contracting water borne disease as currently most urban local authorities are battling to provide clean and adequate water.
However, indications from the umbrella body of the urban local authorties, the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe has confirmed that for the next four moths, the local authorities have enough stocks.
However after the period, no modalities have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition.
Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General, Mr Francis Duri says they are currently engaging UNICEF for the procurement framework which is still lacking in most local authorities.
Government has since warned local authorities to prioritise water treatment chemicals in their budget as donorsâ€™ support is not dependable.
Local authorities have also failed to budget for the rehabilitation of the water treatment plants.
UNICEF was supplying 20 urban and rural councils, including Harare, with free water treatment chemicals and will stop this critically needed assistance by the end of March.
Harare alone requires about US$2 million for water treatment chemicals