- The water in Zimbabwe’s capital is infected with feces
- Studies have determined it contains the E. coli bacteria
- Authorities are warning all residents to boil their water
Residents of Harare, in Zimbabwe, had been horrified as the see that the tap water coming to their homes is infected with feces.
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA), which conducted research on some suburbs' water, has come to the conclusion that the city’s borehole water has fecal matter, as well contamination from decomposing corpses.
“No water is safe enough to use without precautions,” an EMA spokesperson, Steady Kangata, said. He is asking residents to boil all water sources before using, and has warned that both public and private waterholes are contaminated.
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Authorities have said that the best way to solve the matter is to “de-commission septic tanks… People should stop depending on borehole water,” the Zimbabwe Institute of Regional and Urban Planners president, Phineas Dohwe, said.
A typhoid outbreak already occurred in December, which made people start looking into the water’s purity a bit further. Samples have confirmed the existence of the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.