THREATS TO UNDERGROUND WATER CONTAMINATION

There is an increase in borehole drilling and digging of wells in urban areas, especially in new residential areas because of unavailability of reticulated water services. In addition, there are no sewer services in these areas, construction of septic tanks evades local authorities’ by laws. Consequently, there is underground water contamination in some of the boreholes and wells.

In this regard, it is important for every household to know the quality of water they are drinking and using, to avoid adverse health effects. The drinking water should contain no harmful concentrations of chemicals or pathogens and ideally it should be aesthetically pleasing in regard to appearance, taste and odour.

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EMA holds a Wetland Utilization Guideline Development Workshop

A consultative workshop on the development of wetland utilization guidelines was conducted at a hotel in Harare last week which was attended by 80 participants drawn from developers, representatives of residents, researchers, environmentalists, surveyors, engineers, local authorities, archtects and physical planning. 

The workshop was aimed at gathering information for the development of wetland utilization guidelines. This information will  be used for strengthening the legal framework that governs wetland utilization in Zimbabwe. Wetland utilization guidelines   are expected to strike a balance between the environmental, humanitarian and developmental issues.

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The Agency has a Zero Tolerance Policy to Corruption. To report corrupt activities anonymously :

1. Use Econet Toll Free Line: 08080028

2. WhatsApp +263 779565707

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About EMA

The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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    A clean, safe and healthy environment, promoting a growing economy and empowered society.
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    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.
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EMA 2017 SCHOOLS DEBATE TOPIC

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE BEING GIVEN LESS RECOGNITION IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES THAN OTHER RIGHTS IN ZIMBABWE.