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Zimbabwean Capital Without Running Water For A Second Straight Day


Most Harare residents remained without water on Tuesday despite assurances from authorities that the flow would be restored to some residential areas by then as a step toward re-establishing normal conditions throughout the capital by Thursday.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper said electric power was restored at the Morton Jaffray Waterworks, though the Zimbabwe National Water Authority told the paper it needs a third electricity feeder to keep water pumps running. There remains a good deal of confusion about what exactly has caused water pumps to stop.

ZINWA management could not be reached due to congestion on phone networks.

The Herald reported that Tafara and Mabvuku in Harare, and Ruwa and Chitungwiza in the metropolitan region were supposed to have water back Tuesday. But a survey of residents in those areas indicated that water service had not been restored.

Lawmaker Timothy Mubhawu, who represents the Tafara-Mabvuku constituency for the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai, said the water crisis remains serious in those Harare districts.

Combined Harare Residents Association Information Officer Mfundo Mlilo told reporter Patience Rusere that the Herald report shows the government realizes the severity of the water crisis problem and may provide significant funding for water treatment.

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