22 Jan 2017 - MASVINGO - A health time bomb is ticking in the city centre as one of the biggest night clubs, Ritz has been running without water since October 2016 after council stopped supplies in response to the club's failure to pay bills.
Well-placed sources told this publication that the night club has since shut down its restaurant and, to clean the premises, employees use water drawn from the roofs when it is raining.
The club has also hosted several shows during the festive season in spite of the challenge.
"In October last year, employees were sent to look for water in and around town and they would also get water from civic centre gardens. The rains are a relief as they are now harvesting rain water falling from the roof," the source said.
The operation of public places without running water is a known risk to community health in light of diseases like typhoid and cholera.
Masvingo City Council director for Health Services; Zvapano Munganasa refused to dwell on the issue but said no businesses should operate without water.
"We have not yet received the report from treasury on that issue but in such a condition, we are usually tasked to close down premises. If treasury communicates the development to us, nothing will stop us from executing our duties," Munganasa said.news