The drought in southern Africa has really forced many people to go extra miles in doing “things” that they wouldn’t ordinarily do.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that residents in Harare have made up their minds to rather drink ‘home-made-bottled water’ rather than to drink the city’s smelly water. They maintained that water from city taps is just unhealthy to take in even while experts are insisting that the home-made bottle water is equally unhealthy.
Harare is a populous city in Zimbabwe with inhabitants ranging over 1.6 million and as such, an estimated 300,000 litres of water goes down different throats daily. Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, has described the importation rate of the home-made bottled-water as “crazy”.
Meanwhile, most people in the city have switched over to water production business. Why not?, everybody needs to make ends meet of course and since the government is trying to dissuade the act of importation, home made is the best way to go.
Furthermore, it might interest you to know that both rich and poor families patronize these sellers. In Harare, people have stepped down on alcohol and soft drinks – everybody wants ‘home-made-bottled water. One might wonder, why the sudden rush for bottled water? Residents have simply described water coming out from public taps as “undrinkable”. Hence, the city’s water is mostly used for washing, bathing or livestock feeding.
Reports said that some households found the tap water hazardous. Many took ill, others had rashes, typhoid and other terrible sicknesses because of the city water. A resident said, “Municipal water is smelly. Often we see visible dirty particles floating.”
This situation is not really a good and healthy one for residents. Reports said some jobless and greedy residents have resorted to producing packs of bottled water. A manufacturer Sheila Dezha from Epworth was quoted saying, “Dirty municipal drinking water means big profits for me, on a good day I can sell 100 bottles of water,” she said
40-year-old Sheila makes $1.50 from her home-made-bottled water. All she does is to nose around for used empty water cans, wash them and fill in well water into them. She also takes the ‘bottled water out and sells them to willing buyers.
“Water is the new gold in Harare,” said a teacher who makes huge gains from selling water to students and willing buyers. “I stock and hide 30 tubes of bottled water in my office every day,” Rarami said.
Medical practitioners in Harare have admitted that the city has witnessed a soaring height in water-related problems. Patients mostly suffer from incessant vomiting, abdominal pains and dysentery. The health of residents is greatly at risk because most of the home-made-bottled water cans are not thoroughly washed. Also, most imported bottled waters are just packaged well water.
However, water engineers say the city usually runs dry of water because of pipe leakage and unlawful connections by some residents in the city.
Now that every household queues up to have bottles of the locally-produced water, care should be taken in order to address this serious challenge. Statistics showed that South Africa witnessed its driest year ever in 2015. This year, drought has overtaken major cities in South Africa and is creeping in zimbabwe. However, it is believed that efforts are on ground to help abate the problem.