Zim warning

2008-12-03 00:00

On Monday, Harare’s water supply dried up for the first time, businesses closed and the city came to a halt. The state-run water authority had run out of chemicals to treat the water, drawn from a dam into which sewage is regularly pumped. This is but the latest in a series of water supply problems. Most Harare townships and suburbs have had no water for months and many people have died of cholera. If these things are added to disruptions in the supply of other services, such as electricity and health care, as well as to the catastrophic economic situation, the picture is of a country that has already collapsed.

Zimbabwe’s plight should stand to us as a dire warning: we must preserve our resources and use them well, and we must constantly work to maintain and upgrade technological installations so that the supply of essential services remains in a healthy condition.

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