Gwanda water supplies restored

THE Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has restored water supplies to Gwanda town following two weeks of rationing that resulted in most high-density suburbs going without water for days.


Normal supplies resumed on Wednesday after the Gwanda Town Council had threatened to get Zinwa officials arrested for contempt of court for defying a court order granted by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese in March directing it not to ration or cut water supplies to the town.

Justice Makonese ordered Zinwa not to implement water rationing in Gwanda.

Provision of water is guaranteed in the Constitution as a basic human right.

Zinwa had instituted water rationing in a bid to force the cash-strapped municipality to clear part of the $5 million debt.

Zinwa is demanding $40 000 a month to ensure uninterrupted supplies, but council says it can only afford between $10 000 and $15 000.

Residents said they were delighted that normal supplies had resumed and urged Zinwa and council to resolve their differences amicably to ensure they were not inconvenienced.

There had been fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases in the town as a result of the water woes.

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