FINANCE minister Tendai Biti has disclosed that government has released $140 million towards upgrading Harare City Council’s ageing water infrastructure.
REPORT BY STAFF WRITER
Presenting his monthly state of the economy report in Harare on Tuesday, Biti said: “The funds will go a long way in improving the water supplies for Harare and the satellite towns, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Norton, which rely on water supplies from the Harare City Council.
“The contract of this package has been finalised and a letter of acceptance was issued on 18 April 2013,” he said.
Harare has been experiencing water problems with mayor Muchadeyi Masunda blaming it on worn-out infrastructure.
Biti in his statement also said Harare City Council was losing at least 40% of its treated water through leakages, illegal connections and theft.
“Places like Mabvuku and Greendale, which had become deserts, will soon have reliable water supplies,” he said.
However, Masunda was unavailable for comment yesterday.
The minister also revealed that $15, 5 million had been availed to complete the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam in Masvingo, with total cumulative disbursements to the water and sanitation sector totalling $17, 5 million.