By Lloyd Takawira
The government has acknowledged that there is enormous pollution of water at Lake Chivero .
The revelations were made by Information Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monika Mutsvangwa at a post Cabinet briefing in Harare.
The minister said government has directed that hefty and deterrent fines be meted to polluters.
“Cabinet resolved that hefty fines be imposed on polluters of water sources”
The government also announced that it has directed Treasury to release US$9,3 million for urgent works at Manyame and Warren Control Pump stations.
Part of the US$9,3 will enable the City of Harare to migrate from drawing water the from the highly polluted Lake Chivero to Lake Manyame.
Government has also said it will help council to clean Lake Chivero as it is now heavily polluted.
“An assessment of Manyame and Warren Control Pump Stations revealed that pollution of water at Lake Chivero is worse compared to Manyame”
There have been fears of water borne diseases after revelations that Harare City is pumping semi-treated water for consumption.
However, analyst warned that US$9,3million was a drop in the ocean considering the water situation currently prevailing in Harare and its dormitories Chitungwiza and Epworth .