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Ncema waterworks halfway done

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Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has rehabilitated half of the Ncema waterworks plant, a senior council official told NewsDay on Friday.

Council director of engineering services, Simela Dube, said two clarifiers and filters were not yet in use.

“Filter beds are yet to be rehabilitated and repiped, and the clarifiers are yet to be put into use.

“But because of water rationing, we are glad to say that we are surviving.

“There is not much pressure at the plant even though at the moment we are not operating at full capacity,” he said.

He added the rehabilitation and replacement of chemical dosing equipment ensured availability of clean water to the city.

Last June, BCC entered into a partnership with Australian Agency for International Development (Ausaid) and World Vision Australia (WVA) to rehabilitate the city’s water reticulation system and provision under the Bowser programme.

Total cost for the rehabilitation and replacement of the chemical dosing equipment was $318 217, 35 out of a total of $8 333 161 funded by Ausaid and WVA.

WVA project manager Zekarias Asfan Shehkut said the replacement of the equipment was done by Consolidated Engineers and Merchants.

“Ncema was chosen for the replacement of equipment because the quality of treated water was deteriorating as a result of the old and dilapidated equipment which no longer mixed chemicals to the required dosage,” said Shehkut.

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