The Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council has finished the first assessment of ground water quality which has certified borehole water in parts of low and medium density suburbs of Harare as microbiologically free and safe to drink.

The Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council a statutory water management board under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has taken an initiative to assess the quality of groundwater in Harare to ascertain its safety for drinking and other uses.

Announcing the results of the first report, chairman of the Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council board Cde Andy Mhlanga says boreholes in the low and medium density tested were found to be microbiologically safe for drinking.

The water quality report by the catchment board also recommended people in the new unserviced settlements to take appropriate safety precautions on their shallow wells are vulnerable to contamination.

The board has so far assessed and certified over 38 boreholes in the low and medium density.