THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has warned residents against drinking borehole water saying its quality could not be guaranteed.
Boreholes have been used as a stop-gap measure during times of prolonged cuts, but the local authority said the bacteriological quality of the water could not be guaranteed.
In its latest council report, the local authority warned that borehole water was a potential health risk as it was not treated adding that they (Iocal authority) didn’t have the capacity to treat or protect such water from contamination.
“The Director of Engineering Services reported (29th July, 2021) that borehole water was not treated water nor did Council have the capacity to treat or protect such water from contamination. In that regard, bacteriological quality of borehole water could not be guaranteed since the water was untreated and subject to contamination at any time from environmental factors like sewer overflows and bacteriological contaminated soil,” the council report reads.
The report cited environmental factors like sewer overflows and bacteriological contaminated soil as the main sources of borehole contamination.
Residents were advised to boil borehole water before drinking.