A health hazard is looming in the capital as Harare City Councilâ€™s Crowborough sewer plant is pumping raw sewage into the major water supply Lake Chivero through Mukuvisi River.
This raw sewage is flowing directly into Mukuvisi River from the Crowborough sewage works with out undergoing any treatment.
Mukuvisi River is a tributary of Lake Chivero which supplies drinking water to Harare residents.
Some residents from Mufakose high density suburb where the plant is located expressed outrage at councilâ€™s failure to address the situation which is they say is a â€œhealth time bombâ€.
â€œWe eat fish from Lake Chivero and our children are falling sick in unclear circumstances. We now fear the outbreak of cholera. Our children have unending running stomachs, yet council wants us to pay water charges,â€ one resident said.
â€œThis is very bad mixing raw sewage with drinking water and it also affects fish. Some of us love fish food,â€ added another resident.
Environmental Management Agency Education and Publicity Officer, Mr. Stead Kangata described the Councilâ€™s actions as deplorable and irresponsible and warned that such actions might result in the recurrence of diseases such as cholera.
Already EMA has dragged the city council to court, over its failure to contain effluent at its Firle sewage treatment plant after the environment watchdog discovered that raw sewage was being discharged from the plant into rivers.
Contacted for comment Harare City council Spokesperson, Mr. Leslie Gwindi who is attending a council retreat in Nyanga told ZBC News to keep away from pursuing the Crowborough plant issue until a media tour of Firle planned for this Friday.Â