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Harare runs dry

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Most parts of Harare and Chitungwiza were without water for the better part of the weekend with council officials attributing it to routine maintenance work at the city’s waterworks and a high demand for the precious liquid.

Affected areas in Harare included Avondale, Marlborough, Highlands, the Avenues area, Mt Pleasant, Dzivaresekwa and Warren Park.

Most parts of the town of Chitungwiza were also dry.

Harare city spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said usually when this happened, it would be due to maintenance work and the relevant department would advise them and notices would be posted in the Press.

This time however, his office had received no such notice and was therefore not sure about what was happening.

“I think there is routine maintenance work that is being done and obviously this affects some parts of the city but nothing has come to our notice, “said Gwindi.

Harare has often blamed obsolete water pipes and a high demand for water as reasons for water shortages in the capital.

The city currently supplies 600 megalitres a day against a daily demand of 1 200 megalitres for residents in Greater Harare and surrounding towns of Chitungwiza, Ruwa, Epworth and Norton.

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