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chronicle.co.zw 03 Aug, 2022 10:45 am

Bulawayo borehole water not safe to drink

Bulawayo borehole water not safe to drink
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Nkulumane residents fetch water at a borehole Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has warned that borehole water in the city is not safe for consumption and has advised residents to boil it before drinking it as it is highly susceptible to contamination.“The Acting Director of Engineering Services reported (30th June, 2022) that borehole water was not treated water nor did Council have the capacity to treat or protect such water from contamination.“In that regard, bacteriological quality of borehole water could not be guaranteed since the water was untreated and subject to contamination at any time from environmental factors like sewer overflows and bacteriological contaminated soil.Residents were therefore advised to boil borehole water before drinking it or using it for any domestic consumption,” reads the minutes.

BCC said it was in the process of updating the status of solar powered boreholes.Councillors raised concerns that the solar powered boreholes had been vandalised.

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