CHRA Drags Government to Court Over Water Supply During “Lockdown”

The Combined Harare Residents Association took the government of Zimbabwe to court yesterday over failure to provide potable adequate water in the face of Covid-19 and the subsequent “lockdown.”

The Urgent Chamber Application with case number HC 2156/20 is seeking a relief order for:

  • Government and City of Harare to immediately contract bulk water service providers to provide mobile water tanks to decongest the crowding at community boreholes
  • Ministry of Finance to immediately release money for purchase of water treatment chemicals in bulk to ensure that Harare City Council increase water supply to residents.

While the fight against Coronavirus demands regular hand washing for better hygiene water production has sunk low in the City. Currently City of Harare is producing 170 mega litres of water per day against a demand of 1200 mega litres seriously compromising household hygiene patterns.

Residents in most High Density suburbs are crowded at boreholes to get water for domestic purposes.

City of Harare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Health are the respondents.

CHRA is being represented by Women and Law Southern Africa (WLSA)

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)