No end to Harare water woes — Masunda


There is no end in sight to the erratic water supplies dogging Harare residents as increased demand had surpassed supply, Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda has said.
Masunda said Harare was running short of water banks though the municipality was to commission Kunzvi and Mazowe dams.
He said council was making frantic efforts to prioritise high-density suburbs to avoid the resurgence of a cholera outbreak like the one that killed thousands of people in 2008 mostly in high-density areas of Budiriro, Epworth and other nearby towns.
“Even if Kunzvi dam is to be commissioned today, it will not give us enough (water) for the city,” he said.
The mayor said the Harare’s demand for water was high compared to what the city was extracting from Lake Chivero and other minor sources.
The demand for water was 1 300 megalitres a day but council could only manage 640 megalitres.
“It is a shocker to many who have been thinking Harare City Council was not being effective in addressing the perennial water problems. Our director for water Christopher Zvobgo has a difficult task to try and equitably share water among residents,” he said.
Council public relations manager Leslie Gwindi yesterday said the municipality would disconnect water supplies to defaulters and those illegally connecting water would be punished.
“Those who are caught on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with severely. I understand some are reconnecting supplies illegally and we (council) just want to catch one person to set a clear example,” he warned.
Gwindi said other problems leading to erratic water supplies were leakages as a result of damaged pipes.
Masunda implored residents and other government ministries that owe the city council close to $126 million to pay their debts or risk being disconnected.