Saturday, 7 March 2015

Burst pipes, raw sewage Hre’s image - Combined Harare Residents Association

RESIDENTS of Harare’s Tafara suburb have had to contend with flowing raw sewage for half a decade, the Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra) said this week

In its weekly bulletin on the state of waste management in the capital, Chra said refuse collection remains erratic across the city exacerbated by policy inconsistencies.

“In Hopley, there is no refuse truck since stands were allocated. In Highfield ward coordinators have reported dumpsites but up to now they have not been attended to.
Burst pipes, raw sewage Hre’s image - Combined Harare Residents Association
“In Highfield, Mufakose, Budiriro and Glenview, efforts of residents and community organisations have run deeper than municipal efforts in curbing illegal refuse piles,” the report said.

Chra added that in low density areas like Cranborne there were many illegal dumpsites notably at Queensdale primary school, opposite ZAOGA and next to Cranborne High School.

“In Tafara (one of the capital’s oldest and poorest suburbs), behind Tafara High School, there has been a sewer burst that is more than five years old.

“The issue of inconsistent refuse collection has impacted in more ways than one. Residents are now resorting to dumping refuse in storm water drainages which has subsequently led to flooding,” Chra said.

“Dates for refuse collection have become inconsistent due to poor truck maintenance strategies, failed road infrastructure and inadequate bins”.

The lobby group cited policy inconsistencies and implementation loopholes, saying “Council is using a top down approach on [waste management] policy formulation and work plans”.

Chra further said “there is no mutual communication regarding to dates of collection, accessibility of bins and social education on refuse dumping”.

The lobby group urged council to explore other avenues such as waste recycling and to consider decentralisation of refuse collection.

Harare has suffered intermittent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the recent past due to dilapidated infrastructure epitomised by the devastating 2008 Cholera outbreak that claimed 4000 lives. Bulawayo24
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