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24 Sep 2019 | 10:41 AM UTC

Zimbabwe: Possible water shortages in Harare September 24

Zimbabwe News Alert

Harare is likely to experience significant water shortages as of September 24; associated protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Harare


Harare is likely to experience significant water shortages as of Tuesday, September 24, as the City Council closed its Morton Jaffray treatment plant the day prior, reducing the city's water supply. According to local authorities, the situation is due to an ongoing drought and a shortage of foreign currency to buy water chemicals for treatment. It remains unclear when the plant will reopen, raising fear of a dry period and rise of water-borne diseases.

Associated protests are possible in the near term if the situation continues to deteriorate.  


Individuals in Harare are advised to conserve water, stock up on bottled water, keep abreast of the situation via local media outlets, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. water rationing measures).


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