Friday, February 1, 2013

Cyanide in Gwanda dam, Zimbabwe

Tests have shown that water in Gwanda town’s main supply dam is contaminated with cyanide suspected to be from surrounding mines. Cyanide is used in gold processing and can cause death in humans if

swallowed. Gwanda Town has been without water for nearly two weeks due to emergency water rationing following reports of contamination.

Zimbabwe National Water Authority’s Umzingwane Catchment manager Engineer Tommy Rosen yesterday confirmed that traces of cyanide had been found in Gwanda’s water.