THE Mtshabezi-Umzingwane pipeline expected to improve the water situation in Bulawayo, has not been commissioned, as engineers are reported to be having problems with generators.
Report by Own correspondent
Pumping of water from the dam in Matabeleland South to the city is now expected to start early next month.
The government had announced that the project would be commissioned this week.
However, in an interview yesterday, Water Resources Management and Development minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said this would no longer be possible.
He said engineers were scheduled to synchronise the generators between yesterday and today and then in few days to come do a test run of the pumping system before releasing the water to Bulawayo.
“We will do test runs thereafter to make sure the pipeline is working properly and to identify any leaks that we might need to be rectified,” Nkomo said.
“We will commission (the pipeline) early December hoping that all would have been done by then.”
The completion of the Mtshabezi-Umzingwane pipeline would be a major boost to the city which has been dogged by massive relocation of companies, partly because of lack of water.
It is expected to provide the city with an extra 17 000 cubic metres of water daily.