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Bowsers expose vendors to deadly COVID-19

by Stephen Jakes
14 Jul 2020 at 08:02hrs | Views
Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) members have expressed concern on the overcrowding of residents in bowser queues, which is greatly exposing them to the deadly COVID-19.

Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is implementing a strict 144 hour water shedding, that has seen some taps continuing to run dry despite restoration of water supplies at the end of the 144 hour schedule.

According to Vendors Voice report alternatively, it has made an effort to provide portable water for drinking through sending water bowsers to some high density areas, which include Magwegwe and Lobengula West where taps have been dry for almost 5 months now.

This has exposed informal traders on the risk of contracting COVID-19, due to uncontrolled long queues.

Vendors told The Vendors Voice that people are not practicing physical distancing when fetching water from bowsers.

"The most sad part with fetching water from the bowser is that there is no fixed timetable for us to know the exact time of fetching water, as a result we are forced to wait long hours in the queues without physical distancing and some people queueing without putting on masks, putting our lives at risk of contracting the virus", said Duduzile Mpofu, a BVTA member.

"People should be responsible and find ways to protect themselves in water queues", added Nqobile Ndlovu a BVTA informal trader from Magwegwe.

Vendors are urging BCC to solve the water challenges in the city as this will reduce the number of people gathering in one place.

Residents are worried that fetching water from bowsers will increase the spread of COVID -19.

It has been over 3 months since BCC announced that it is improving the operating system and fair distribution of water by replacing the non-functional fittings and still some households in Bulawayo do not have access to safe and clean water.

Source - Byo24News

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