Residents in Belvedere and several other neighbourhoods across the city are helping their communities by sharing their borehole water with neighbours and passersby.
The owner of house Mull Road in Belvedere, who preferred to be addressed to by his surname, Mr Ibrahim said water is a natural resource, and as a person with a borehole he finds it always a good thing to share it, and he urged those with boreholes to do the same. He added that at his place, there is no limit as to how many buckets or containers one can take, the only problem being when there is no electricity to power his pump. He went on to say that some people arrive with cars, a sign that they could be from further afield. He did however urge people not to sell the water they are getting for free. “It is difficult to know what people use this water for,” he said.
He said that he switches off the water during the night and puts it on in the morning, to avoid wastage in case someone leaves the water running. Sadly, Mr Ibrahim has had to replace a number of taps due to theft and vandalism, but says that if one is of a helping heart such setbacks shouldn’t deter a person from continuing to lend a hand.
Salim Chinyere of Wyvern Avenue in Belvedere, concurred with Mr Ibrahim saying water is a gift from God and sharing it is a way of looking after his creations. “We discourage people who bring abnormal containers or drums for building purposes and those who collect the water for sale,” he said.
He added that because water is so vital, he has people from as far afield as Chitungwiza coming to get some of this precious commodity.
A domestic worker at Samora Machel Avenue, who only identified himself as Karikoga said that his boss Mr GR Mahommed loves people, so he decided to offer free borehole water to those in need. “He is a good man, at times he gives food to those without,” he said. For convenience’s sake, he placed three water outlets and erected a lamp post to provide light to some who come when it is dark.
“I use borehole water for cooking and drinking, because council water cannot be trusted for human consumption,” said a Belvedere resident Joe Lamerck. He urged other beneficiaries of the precious liquid to complement borehole owners’ efforts by making sure that collection points are left clean and to guard against those who vandalise the equipment.
Dudzai Mugabe of Warren Park, echoed the same sentiments saying that the only way to promote the spirit of helping one another in the community is based on the good behaviour of those who are being assisted, as any misdeed will lead to negative perceptions in providing such services.
Our water supply at the Harare News offices is patchy at best, and we too are reliant on a neighbour for our drinking water. A member of our team takes over our plastic bottles every day, and the neighbour fills them, no questions asked, and in spite of the costs of running and maintaining a borehole. We know firsthand therefore how community spirit can improve people’s lives, at home and at work.
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