Harare and its satellite towns Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Epworth are set for a dry weekend following an announcement yesterday by Harare City Council that they would be a shutdown of the city’s waterworks for routine maintenance.
Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi last night confirmed the development.
“There will be a shutdown starting at 10pm tonight (last night) for the weekend. It is part of our routine maintenance and servicing. Most likely water supplies will be restored by the end of the weekend,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Gwindi had warned of erratic water supplies as the city was battling to treat water from sources.
Gwindi said the city was using several chemicals in a bid to treat the water and make it drinkable.
“Council is finding it difficult to provide potable water to residents within Greater Harare.
“We are having problems in cleaning the water from other sources and it’s very difficult. We spend time and use many chemicals and we have to do it over and over again. It would have been better if we had other alternative sources of water. It’s imperative that Kunzvi Dam is commissioned,” Gwindi said.
Council blames obsolete infrastructure and demand that is outstripping supply for the water woes that have affected residents for years.
The city is providing close to 600 megalitres of water against daily demand of 1 200 megalitres.