umchabezi.jpgThe Matabeleland South Provincial Civil Protection Unit chairperson Mr David Mpofu, has called for thorough investigations into the cause of water contamination in Gwanda town in order to avert a possible health crisis.  
Following recent concerns by Gwanda residents over the state of water for domestic consumption and reports on the death of aquatic life in the Mtshabezi River, the civil protection unit has intervened on the matter calling on the Zimbabwe National Water Authourity to investigate the cause of contamination.

Speaking at the handover of 2500 ( 20 liters) buckets and over two hundred thousand water purification powder sachets by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, Mr. Mpofu called on the rural and urban local authorities to begin distribution of the donation to the affected communities.


Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Provincial Programmes Officer Mr. Akim Mpofu, said the organization had responded to calls by the CPU to urgently address the water crisis by donating the goods worth about US$12 thousand dollars.
 Gwanda residents expressed concern over the smell coming from the water as well as the continued shortages of water in some parts of the town.
Tests conducted by ZINWA officials showed that there is a presence of chlorine in the water thus an addition of more chlorine increases concentration of the chemical which could affect the consumers.

They advised that the water sachets should be used in purifying untreated water.