In Zimbabwe these polyethylene tanks have become common every where across the country.
The tanks are made from polyethylene that is derived from petrol chemicals. They also contain colorants and stabilizers that have their own chemical make up which often times alter the taste and smell of the water.
More critically, polyethylene contains BPA (Bephenol) and other chemicals which can leach into water when tanks heat up and some of these chemicals have been linked to causing cancer and reproductive issues.
My concern therefore is Zimbabwe has one of the highest cervical and prostate cancer rates in Africa and most Zimbabweans are watering plants, feeding livestock, cooking, drinking and bathing in water stored in tanks which contain colorants and chemicals that could be harmful to us.
Is our government testing the long term impact of using water from these imported tanks manufactured by those who colonized us? What is the solution: we need to drive research and development into using hemp and sugarcane to make biodegradable plastic.
By Rutendo Bereza Matinyarare Chairman of ZASM.