Bacteria Water

The Sunday Mail

The Sunday Mail


Nokutenda Tobve

The Sunday Mail reports that traces of faecal material were found in 24 boreholes located in several Harare suburbs between January and June.

Water samples from 259 boreholes, including those in Mbare, Highfield and Glen View, were tested. They showed significant amounts of E. coli, which is a bacteria that can be found in human waste.

E.coli is short for Escherichia coli and is a bacteria that can be found in the human intestines.


Some strains of bacteria are harmless while others can cause serious illness.

The presence of faecal material in water indicates that faecal matter may have been introduced into the water source by humans.

Stanley Gama, the head of corporate communication at Harare City Council, confirmed this development. He said that out of the 259 boreholes tested between January and June 2024, 24, were contaminated by E. coli.

“Boreholes which yield unsatisfactory outcomes are closed, and users are informed while further investigations are conducted.


Some remedial actions taken include rehabilitation or repairs and installation of inline chlorineators.

Other interventions include bucket chlorination, and distribution of Aqua tablets.

Budiriro, Highfield and Glen View each had one borehole that was contaminated. Traces of bacteria were also found in the boreholes of Hopley, Msasa, Mbare, Dzivaresekwa Extension and Glen View.

Kuwadzana’s boreholes were contaminated. Harare has a history of waterborne diseases, which experts blame on the city’s inability to provide residents with clean running water.

Children and older adults are at greater risk for developing kidney failure, which can be life-threatening.

M. Gama continued: “City Health Authorities continue to monitor all water sources, and immediate remedial actions are taken when results are not satisfactory.


Water point committees were established to ensure that water sources were safe. Health education is needed on the importance of treating water at the source.

Harare produces 260 megalitres per day of potable drinking water, compared to a daily demand of 800 megalitres.

Water shortages are most severe in suburbs like Glen View, Tafara and Mabvuku. Also, Greendale, Chadcombe Greencroft Mabelreign, Waterfalls, Greendale, Chadcombe Greencroft, Greencroft.