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Raw sewage contaminating Zim's drinking water sources

Main Topix: Zimbabwe International Trade Fair - Government Analyst Laboratory
Raw Sewage Contaminating Zim's Drinking Water SourcesRaw sewage - flowing through an old and leaking pipe network - is said to be contaminating the country's drinking water sources and distribution systems, putting millions of consumers at risk.Preliminary findings of research work by a local team of senior water management experts show that tap water most likely...

Raw sewage leaks contaminate drinking water

Preliminary findings of research work by a local team of senior water management experts show that tap water most likely contains metal particles as well as coliform bacteria commonly found in human and animal waste.

Not all borehole water is safe: experts

Main Topix: Ministry Of Health And Child Welfare - Zimbabwe National Water Authority
RESIDENTS must ensure that new water sources are tested and analysed first before the water is used for domestic purposes to avoid contracting diseases, a senior government official has said. The warning comes after it emerged that most Harare residents, including those in high-density suburbs, have resorted to drinking borehole water, some of which has been found to be contaminated. Harare residents have turned to borehole water because they no longer trust the smelly and at times sewage-contaminated water supplied by the local authority. Government analyst laboratory director in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Livingstone Musiyambiri said it was prudent that people ensured that new water sources were analysed first before domestic use. “Evidence has always proved that underground water can be contaminated at any stage, especially in the era of industrialisation where excess chemicals find their way into the water. Musiyambiri said if it were not for the heavily polluted environment, rainwater would have been one of the cleanest. “If residents continue to drill boreholes and do not consult the local authorities or independent experts to test...

Questionable water brands still selling

Main Topix: Standards Association Of Zimbabwe - Standards Advisory Board
Uncertified brands of bottled water will continue to flood the market as the authorities responsible for taking them off the shelves are struggling to carry out their mandate due to “inadequate resources” and unclear operating structures. Food Standards Advisory Board (FSAB) deputy director Freddy Chinyavanhu said his organisation only certified water, but the municipal health and the environmental health departments were supposed to ensure that the uncertified or condemned water was not on the market. “The way we operate is that the FSAB certifies the water on behalf of the Minister/Secretary for Health. We then advise municipal health authorities like the Harare City Health and the Environmental Health/Port Health Department [within the ministry] of the certified brands,” he said. Chinyavanhu said the departments of municipal health and environmental health had indicated that they could not always carry out their duties due to limited resources. “The institutions sometimes tell us that they do not have adequate resources to enforce laid down regulations. The resources include manpower, vehicles and fuel,” he said, adding that it was possible that some uncertified brands were...
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'We are still relevant'

Last week, Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating Customer Service Week. The service industry has become a key sector to various economies, and customer service has become central to policymakers. In keeping with this theme, our senior busin

Concern over food imports

LACK of latest technology to test ingredients in foodstuffs might be exposing Zimbabweans to contaminated products which are finding their way into the country, an expert has said. Government Analyst Laboratory deputy director for food control Mr Freddie

Zim bottled water selling in Botswana

Bottled water which was recently condemned as unfit for human consumption, has found its way into Botswana’s market where reports say it goes for between 6 and 7 pula per bottle. Zimbabwe’s Government Analyst Laboratory recently discredited several brands

Consumers fume over bottled water saga

NEWSDAY readers have commended the Government Analyst Laboratory, which tested and condemned some brands of bottled water, for doing a sterling job. Angry readers, reacting to the bottled water scandal exposed by this newspaper last week, dismissed excuse

Bottled water saga: Companies hit back

WATER bottlers whose products were condemned by the Government Analyst Laboratory as unfit for human consumption have questioned the credibility of the laboratory. The government laboratory examined samples of bottled water from several suppliers followin

Bottled water expose opens pandora's box

THERE has been a public outcry against local water bottlers following an investigative report published by NewsDay on Saturday exposing unscrupulous bottlers selling contaminated water to unsuspecting consumers. Medical experts said some micro-biological