The Herald (Harare)

19 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Call to Screen Bottled Water

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Urban Zimbabweans are struggling with water shortages.

A Chitungwiza businessman has called upon the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to screen bottled water being sold on the market to ensure that only quality water gets to the people.Mr Sydney Farirai, who recently established a state-of-the-art water bottling plant at Chikwanha Shopping Centre, said on Monday that bottled water not certified by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe should be removed from the market.

"Those who want to buy quality water must look at the label that shows them the quality of water and that it meets the SAZ standards," he said.

"I got interested in establishing a water bottling plant after reports that some of the bottled water being sold in Chitungwiza was of poor quality.

Tap Water

"Some people had gone to the extent of bottling tap water."

Mr Farirai, who is the managing director of Bobby Enterprises, said the water bottling plant the company established about two months ago had the capacity to produce 20 000 litres of water a day.

He said the company offers some of the water to Chitungwiza Central Hospital for free so that patients can drink quality water.

"They can bring containers to collect the water for their patients for free," he said.

"We also allow residents to fetch water from our boreholes whose water was certified by SAZ before even being purified."

Mr Farirai said his company would soon establish water bottling plants in other cities and border towns, starting with Bulawayo.

Bobby Enterprises has another water bottling plant in Nyanga.

The plant at Chikwanha has a computerised water purification system that has filters for sand and carbon and a water softener.

Bacteria

The company also uses oxidation to remove odours and pollutants and disinfecting bacteria and viruses.

There has been an outcry from consumers in recent months over the presence of bottled water on the market that does not meet standards.

In fact, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare recently warned consumers against taking bottled water without verifying its quality.

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