Gweru City Council has purchased sewer clearing equipment worth over $500 000 to help it attend to blocked sewer pipes on time.
Town clerk Daniel Matawu told NewsDay on Wednesday that the new equipment, bought from South Africa, would go a long way in improving the city’s service delivery system.
“The new sewer cleaning equipment will ease the problem of sewer blockages and see an improved health delivery system,” Matawu said.
“As city fathers we are committed to seeing that residents are not exposed to diseases particularly from flowing sewage.
“This purchase comes at the right time before the rains because rain can cause debris to clog the sewer system.”
Burst sewer pipes have become a big problem in Gweru, especially in the high-density areas. In some areas, council workers took weeks to clear the sewer system because of lack of modern equipment.
A resident, James Chiseko welcomed the move to buy equipment saying it would improve living conditions.
“We had reached a point where residents believed city fathers were just interested in buying vehicles for themselves, but with the purchase of the sewer equipment, the problem of burst sewers can now be addressed quickly,” he said.
Patricia Mautsi from Mkoba said burst sewer pipes had become a threat to residents’ health and applauded the acquisition of the equipment.