Water Supply Improves
The Harare water situation is set to improve, with water production expected to rise to 650 mega litres per day from the current 450 mega litres as the rehabilitation of water treatment infrastructure progresses.
Presenting the 2015 budget proposal last week, chairperson of the finance and development committee councillor Tranos Moyo said the city was on course, with the rehabilitation of water and waste water treatment infrastructure.
“I am pleased to advise that the rehabilitation of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure under the Zimbabwe Multi Donor Trust Fund (ZIMFUND) Grant and the China Exim Bank loan facilities is right on course and well on schedule,” he said.
Councillor Moyo said the rehabilitation of Morton Jaffray and Prince Edward water works, Firle and Crowborough sewage treatment works alongside the procurement and installation of clear water pumps at Warren Control, Alexandra Park, Letombo and the supply of ICT equipment would ultimately increase water production from the current 450 mega litres to 650 mega litres per day. He said this would reduce non-revenue water to below 35 percent.
Three medium pumps and flow meters were replaced at Morton Jaffray Waterworks with some pumps for raw and clear water having been restored at Prince Edward Water Works.
Councillor Moyo also said the city purchased and installed laboratory equipment at Prince Edward Waterworks. Improvements of water delivery have been recorded in some parts of Harare, with residents of Philadelphia Park in Borrowdale receiving water from their taps after 10 years of relying on alternative sources.
The on-going rehabilitation is expected to relieve the city’s water woes and will go a long way in tackling water shortages and quality problems considering the serious pollution of the downstream Lake Chivero.