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Presidential Scheme Boreholes Drilled By Prevail International Found To Contain Cholera Causing Bacteria

A recent water quality testing of boreholes drilled by Prevail Internationl, a company founded by local businessman Paul Tungwarara, has revealed the presence of E. coli bacteria in several locations.

This raises concerns about the potential spread of waterborne diseases like cholera, particularly in areas with limited access to clean water and proper sanitation.

E. coli is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. While some strains are harmless, others can cause severe symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

The presence of E. coli in drinking water indicates potential fecal contamination, raising concerns about the overall water quality.

The Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council (UMSCC) issued an urgent public notice alerting residents to take precaution against the contaminated water sources.

Boreholes in Harare suburbs such as Budiriro, Glen View and Mbare are all contaminated.

“The presence of E-coli indicates potential contamination of the water supply in these areas,” the UMSCC warned, highlighting the “significant health risk” posed by the bacteria, which can cause various illnesses, including cholera.

The statutory body urged residents in the affected areas to “not drink, cook, or wash with untreated water from boreholes or other sources.”

UMSCC recommended, “Treating water with Aqua Tabs before use, boiling all water for at least one minute before consumption, even for brushing teeth or preparing food and getting boreholes tested by accredited laboratories to confirm water safety.”

Residents rely heavily on these boreholes for their daily needs, raising concerns about their health and well-being.

Public health officials have urged residents in the affected areas to exercise caution and avoid using the contaminated water for drinking or cooking purposes.

Boiling water for at least one minute is recommended as a temporary measure to kill harmful bacteria.

The authorities are currently investigating the source of the contamination and working to address the issue. This may involve disinfecting the affected boreholes, retesting the water quality, and providing alternative sources of safe drinking water to the affected communities.

Prevail International has not yet issued a public statement regarding the E. coli findings.

However, it is expected that the company will take swift action to address the situation and ensure the safety of the communities it serves.



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