Harare runs out of water chemicals

THE erratic water supply being experienced in and around Harare since last Friday is a result of serious water leakages and a shortage of water treatment chemicals, NewsDay has learnt.

Staff reporters

Most residential areas around Harare and the central business district (CBD) have been without water for the past two weeks.

The most affected areas include New Marlborough, Chadcome, Warren Park, Chitungwiza and Tynwald.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda yesterday said in the past few days, the water crisis had been exacerbated by a shortage of water treatment chemicals. However, he said the situation had since been rectified.

“The stocks of aluminium sulphate went down to alarming levels. Our main supplier is Zimphos and they had a problem with the supply of bauxite from their supplier in Mozambique, but I hear this was resolved yesterday (Monday),” Masunda said.

He said the old water piping system resulted in a lot of water leakages.

“The amount of water we are producing every day should be enough to meet the needs of the people. However, we are losing between 40% to 50% of treated water due to leakages,” he said.

“To stop this problem, we need to procure pressure-reducing valves and have them installed in the water distribution system. The piping system has not been replaced in a long time and we need to lay our hands on $14 million to buy 150km worth of pipes from Turnall Fibre Cement.”

Masunda said in 2009, the city replaced pipes in Harare’s CBD and this had made the water situation in the area better, but for the past three days the CBD, like many other areas, was dry.

“What we need to do is go into high-density areas on a similar programme,” Masunda said.

Harare Residents Trust co-coordinator Precious Shumba said Masunda should stop coming up with excuses and instead take responsibility for the water crisis.

“The only solution for the City of Harare is to admit that there is a water crisis and not to hide behind a finger. It is clear that they have failed, but they do not want to admit,” Shumba said.

“They want to portray a good image when they are failing. It only shows that the matter is now beyond their control.”

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26 Responses to Harare runs out of water chemicals

  1. will June 5, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Absolute failures… ”admit it gentleman, you have failed”

    • s shumba June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      admit and then what. what masunda is saying is admission already.

      we want solutions – admission or no admission, that all.

    • s shumba June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      admit and then what. what masunda is saying is admission already.

      we want solutions – admission or no admission, that all.

  2. GT June 5, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Takambozvitaura kuti the issue is not about breakdowns, its about chemicals. Suddenly Zimphos has become your main supplier. Taurirai vanhu chokwadi! City of Hre was let down netumasuppliers twavaida and then they ran back to Zimphos which did not have the chemicals in stock. Hanzi leakages, maleakages anobvepi kana mvura isingagadzirwe kuMorton Jaffrey. Musade kubata vanhu kumeso. Taaurai chokwadi! People deserve to know the truth!

  3. Falcon June 5, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    GT- Nailed it dead centre. It appears there is an UGLY BIG HAND in the supply of aluminum sulphate…a really dirty big hand in the mix and your journos can pick him out if they scratch the surface, they do not even need to DIG. And by the way of they are paying more than 50 cents per kg fpr the product (follow this link for standard alum product pricing worldwide: www. ICIS.com) then another big hand is pocketing the change..again just scratch the surface as you would do those lotto tickets which no one WINS..Well I suppose in this one some one is..

  4. jane June 5, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    MASUNDA IS THE WORST MAYOR HARARE HAS EVER HAD.

    OTHERWISE VOTE MORGAN TSVANGIRAI FOR PRESIDENT

    • Falcon June 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      @Jane- I must agree.

    • Enoch Banda June 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Pfutseke.

  5. ke mo Sotho June 5, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Morena…

    Which chemicals? Is the water from the tapes treated with chemicals? I think it ran out of chemicals 4 years ago.

    Masti adeng ke ma tchila…angha boloko babatho, ba dikgomo, ba dipudi, ba didhonki….aha!

    We treated water using our own bought chemicals…

    • vusi June 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      iN OUR BELOVED CITY OF KINGS WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY IT,IF YOU QUESTION SOME OTHER BEHAVIOURS YOU WILL BE BOMBARDED WITH A LOT OF EVIL RESPONSES,FROM OBVIOUS CORNERS ANYWHERE,WE NO LONGER CARE,NOT ANYMORE WHY SHOULD WE.!

    • Machuma June 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      You just said it right. The President and his entire cabinet ngavabvume kuti vazvitadza. If a country has a president with billions of dollars in minerals and cash and failing to see the truth that people are dying not of hunger but disease that he as the leader has failed to eradicate.
      Harare ran out of chemicals over 4years ago. Mvura inonuhwa. Get the chinese out followed by the entire entourage of ZANU kunhuhwa Pfu

  6. UNDEREMPLOYED June 5, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    One supplier but more than a million customers…

    GET OUT OF OFFICE!!

    Zimbabwe needs serious actors .

    NOW!

  7. noluntu June 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Dzokerai kuna Mashamhanda.

  8. ASIJIKI June 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    WHRE IS KEDO WRE WAITING STILL WAITING FOR YOUR COMMENT ABOUT ACCIDENTED CARS WAKE UP AFRICANS

  9. ASIJIKI June 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    BREAKING NEWS>>> HANZI KEDO NDIYE BABA JUKWA

  10. vusi June 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    iN OUR BELOVED CITY OF KINGS WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY IT,IF YOU QUESTION SOME OTHER BEHAVIOURS YOU WILL BE BOMBARDED WITH A LOT OF EVIL RESPONSES,FROM OBVIOUS CORNERS ANYWHERE,WE NO LONGER CARE,NOT ANYMORE WHY SHOULD WE.!

  11. Fortune FT June 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Really disturbing Harare has lots of water, it draws water from lakes but water is not available to people, Bulawayo has no water but at-least water is available to people. Get rid of your corrupt leaders period.

  12. hooter June 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    dont blame Masunda for the water problems. the problem dates back to the days of the late Tawengwa. I remember Supa putting the late on a morning TV show about the water problems of the city. At one stage the late went for a breakfast meeting with the President at state house while parts of Harare had no water. Dont go politicizing about water, Masunda is trying because we who are old know who the culprit is. yes you can fool the born frees but not poeple of my age [50 +] we know the culprits.

    • linda June 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      who are the culprits hooter. tell us the young people!

    • Falcon June 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      @Hooter- Tavengwa ran the council horribly but he can not hold a candle to Masunda..when during Tavengwa days did you have 4 000 people die from cholera? When during Tavengwa days did tenders were awarded to people who had no factories to supply water treatment chemicals and all these queues of people looking for water everywhere? When during the Tavengwa years did surbubs go for 5 years without seeing a drop of water in their taps? No sir, Tavengwa was the worst mayor the city ever had but Masunda has surpassed his FAILURES..I guess if Tavengwa was the worst what does this make Masunda?

  13. diva June 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

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  14. C I A June 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Mari yemvura yatinobhadhara yaitisa madhara madumbu , vanhu vachimwa tsvina .

  15. vukani madoda June 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    vaMasunda,asi mune mashares ku Turnal Fibre Cement-have you sent out tenders to find out if this company supplies the most cost effective product-the emphasis is cost effective:are you getting value for money for this product.The rest of the world including our relatively more successful neighbours have moved away from this cheap product because it does not last or withstand pressure as well as the newer products based on hardened plastics-these newer products last longer and are less prone to bursting and have been around for a good 15 years now-they may cost more but in the long run it is better than buying a cheap product which will not last-inga when Masunda had himself bought an expensive mayoral car ,one of the reasons he chose an expensive car ,even thoguh people were not having their refuse collected,he did so for reliability and the fact that the car would last and that it was good value for money.This is a competitive world and we should not simply buy poor quality products simply because they are locally made-the Harare resident simply want water and couldn’t care less about whether someone loses business if the more reliable pipes are provided from elsewhere

  16. Kufahakurotwi June 6, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    Dear Mayor and affiliates

    We the people are tired of your empty utterances. To be honest, you never did expand the water treatment system since independence. Now that towns have expanded and new ones have mushroomed under your watch you make us taste the concoction u have been brewing. Water chemicals my buttocks… Did any of you charlatans consider Zimphos as a key stakeholder in the start, so that by now that company would have been in a position to supply these chemicals. While u looted from the taxpayers’ pocket, Did any of u consider improving education at technical institutions to breed engineers to deliver. Whilst u Wer at it did u ever consider the ramifications of your actions.. Us the people have adapted to no water running in our taps, bursting sewerage systems. I reckon we have become to medieval diseases such as typhoid n cholera too.

    Elections round the corner: I guess we will blame the lake of water on sanctions too..

    Excuse my mistypes my colleagues.. Im in haste my phone battery is draining and ther is no Zesa…well thts another story

  17. Falcon June 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    @Kufa- Clever municipal managers do exactly as you have said. Zimphos has severe cash flow problems because the city does not pay for deliveries on time and it makes it difficult for them to procure chemical raw materials to make the Aluminium sulphate (alum)..thus begins a vicious circle. The clever thing to do under the circumstances would have been Harare City buying shares in Zimphos like they had in the old Electricity Supply Commission. Zimphos hold the lifeline for Harare City water supply, this is one moment where a synergistic relationship makes sense. Managing the supply chain improves as things will now be done inhouse. A cash rich council can reap treble rewards by assisting Zimphos with cheap credit and in the process guarantee supply of vital water treatment chemicals and keep its residents in jobs at both Harare City and Zimphos which are on the scarce side..Or Harare City (the water division) can team up and form a joint venture company with Chemplex the marketing arm of Zimphos.. Think about it. Now this idea or approach will be batttered to death by those who are getting away with charging upwards of 70 cents per kg for alum when the standard price should be 50 cents. Imagine Harare required 24 000 000kgs of solid alum@50cents this is USD12 million and at 70 cents (minimum rip-off price) 14 million..so there is SOMEONE pocketing a cool 4.8 million .. Then an extra 2.8 million (4000 tons by 700 dollars per ton) is made from short deliveries (a 20ft container will carry between 20-24 tons, so one can conviniently load 20 tons and call them 24 with collision with a cool partner in the city, in any case who is going to count to ensure there are 480 by 50kg bags? ) this is another 4 free tons which are paid for at the same inflated price..this is 4 000 tons multiplied by 700 dollars per ton.Go on.now have yourself a ball..there are supposed to be 1 000 (24 ton deliveries) to make 24 000 tons,do try to keep up but instead 1 000 deliveries are 4 tons shot which is 4 000 tons multiplied by 700 dollars per ton which evaporates but stays on the invoice.. if you add the final total prejudice you have yourself a cool USD 7.6 million (4.8 million from the inflated price and 2.8 million from short deliveries)…Now since we are having so much fun now convert the bonus 7.6 million to alum sulaphate at the standard recognised price of 50 cents which is the price the world is paying for delivered to final destination. So lets convert our 7.6 million back to alum (now you have divide this figure, please keep, by 50 cents) this could have bought you 15 200 tons. Now imagine what a rich mine the water tender is…and this is one of about 8 products required to purify water. It has not been past council to pay 75 cents per kg for the same product, using the above formula doesnt it make the heart race into dangerous territory??? There is really no need to shoot yourself, it comes with the territory. This is the real reason why some people will leave council over many dead bodies, there is that MUCH to lose!!!!

    • Falcon June 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      The media could assist expose the rot as detailed by the above by finding out how much it costs other cities in the region to treat a litre of water. Talk to the cost accountants in Bulawayo, Blantyre, Lusaka, Johannesburg, Gaberone, Widnhoek and so on ..the poor journo will be so shocked he will end up at Harare Hospital..I would suggest dear Editor, that you assign a strong team of reporters,this is too big for one guy!!!

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