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- Zimbabwe: Unsafe Water Raises COVID-19 Risks
- Zimbabwe: Water and Sanitation Crisis
- Water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe: Unsafe Water Raises COVID-19 Risks
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Johannesburg — Zimbabwe government measures to combat COVID should include urgently providing continuous and affordable access to sufficient safe water to people across the country. Long before the coronavirus pandemic, much of Zimbabwe suffered a severe water and sanitation crisis. On March 30, , Zimbabwe, like many countries, ordered a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus. Over two million people in the capital city, Harare, and the greater metropolitan area incorporating Chitungwiza, Epworth, Ruwa, and Norton, have no household access to safe drinking water or adequate waste and wastewater disposal services.
Zimbabwe: Water and Sanitation Crisis
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Over 3. Under the HRP, partners are targeting more than 4 million people across rural 77 per cent and urban 23 per cent areas, while under the COVID Addendum, partners are targeting an additional 2. Access to safe water in rural areas remains a challenge with only 30 per cent of the 55, water sources tracked by the Rural Water Information Management System RWIMS , providing water from a protected source. According to the Cabinet Water Security report 19, the national storage level is now averaging However, due to the rainfall received in the country, some of the major dams such as Ngwane Matabeleland South , Munjanganja Masvingo , Antelope Matabeleland South , Mundi Mataga Midlands , Bhiri-Manyame Mashonaland West and Claw Mashonaland West have recorded positive inflows which have boosted water availability for socio-economic uses. At the same time, the number of boreholes that are breaking down are increasing due to wear and tear, communities lacking funds and support to repair them. With 9, cases of COVID cases as of 26 November, and with the rainy season just starting, there is an urgent need to ensure communities continue to receive messaging on safe water and the importance of continuing with hand washing, and for all health-care facilities to have adequate WASH services and IPC measures in place.
Water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe
The World Health Organisation WHO stipulates that ideally every person should access between 50 and litres of water per day to ensure the most basic needs are met and the outbreak of disease is prevented. Citizens need clean water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation and personal and household hygiene. Sustainable Development Goal 6 urges duty bearers to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. In the current situation this goal remains a pipe dream unless there is more commitment and political will on the part of local and central government to improve the situation.
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Water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe is defined by many small scale successful programs but also by a general lack of improved water and sanitation systems for the majority of Zimbabwe. Three major factors are the severely depressed state of the Zimbabwean economy, the willingness of foreign aid organizations to build and finance infrastructure projects, and the political stability of the Zimbabwean state.