Mutare Loses Half Its Treated Water through Leakages
The city ofMutare is processing enough water for its residents but about half of it is lost through burst pipes and leakages, a council official has said.
Town Clerk Obert Muzawazi said the council was failing to replace obsolete pipes to minimize the losses due to financial constraints.
“We are losing 52 percent of our purified water due to leakages and pipe bursts,” said Muzawazi, adding that the council was working round the clock to ensure that the problem was minimized.
Mutare has a population of close to 400,000 and the city is grappling with acute water shortages with areas such as Dangamvura and Hobhouse having gone for years without access to tap water.
According to the council’s finance department, close to $13 million is needed for a complete overhaul of the city’s water and sewer reticulation system which is now overstretched by demand.
The council blames the collapse of a once vibrant industry as a major cause of its financial challenges.
Mayor, Tawanda Nhamarare said the financial problems had been worsened by the closure of companies such as Mutare Board and Paper Mills, Cairns Foods, Quest and PG Glass which were cash cows to the local authority. He said most residents were unemployed and could not pay their rates.