HARARE’s water supply has improved dramatically in recent months following government interventions, amid reports the city’s dams have enough water to last nine months in the capital .
City council refurbished and modernized the Morton Jaffray and Warren Control water treatment plants using its $ 1.1 billion allocation from the National Devolution Fund, as well as other Treasury sponsored facilities.
This year, Harare City Council identified 12 waterworks improvement and rehabilitation projects.
In an interview, Harare City Council’s corporate communications director, Mr. Michael Chideme, said great improvements have been made in recent months.
“The government’s development program through devolution funds is progressing well, with successes recorded in modernizing the Morton Jaffray and Warren Control water treatment plants,” he said.
“Many improvements have been made because we now have enough water for the next nine months at the current withdrawal rate. The city of Harare was once facing a water crisis, with some suburbs without water supplies for days and weeks, others without water for years.
“But we have now installed new pumps in areas such as Hatcliffe and Mabvuku. We are in a better position because we have reliable and better pumping capacity than before.
In 2019, President Mnangagwa ordered Harare City Council to draw water from the Darwendale Dam, which is less polluted than Lake Chivero, and the move has paid off.
The Treasury also released $ 9.3 million for urgent work at the Manyame and Warren control pumping stations.
Harare serves over two million residents and over a million more in satellite towns such as Chitungwiza and Ruwa.
The government has also started construction of the Kunzvi Dam which, when completed, will alleviate water problems in the capital and surrounding satellite towns.
Source: Sunday Mail