|Concern raised over borehole water|
|Wednesday, 16 November 2011 18:25|
Water experts say some boreholes that have been sunk near graveyards and sewer lines in Harare and Chitungwiza pose a health risk to communities due to seepage contamination.
University of Zimbabwe Geology lecturer, Dr Richard Owen it is worrying that some boreholes have been sunk near septic tanks and pit toilets as this might lead the contamination of water due to seepage.
He said according to the laws of geology, borehole citing, development and protection should be done by experts and away from graveyards, blocked or broken down sewer lines to avoid seepage that can contaminate water.
Meanwhile, some Harare residents have raised complaints over the quality of underground water, citing the increase in water pollutants such as sewer, fertilisers, pesticides and industrial wastes as a healthy risk.
Due to the Harare City Council’s failure to supply adequate clean water to some parts of the capital, residents have resorted to sinking boreholes.
However, the sinking of boreholes has not been properly monitored resulting in some being cited at such places as near cemeteries, burst sewer pipes.