Harare water woes to ease

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HARARE’s perennial water woes may soon be a thing of the past following a deal between the city and a Chinese financial institution.

REPORT BY WONAI MASVINGISE

Harare has put in place plans to revamp all water pumps and valves at Morton Jaffray waterworks and Warren Control starting this month-end.

The upgrading exercise has been made possible by a $144 million loan from the Chinese Export and Import Bank.

A delegation from Sinosure, a Chinese insurance company that insured the loan to Harare City Council (HCC), arrived in the country yesterday to assess the scope of work to be undertaken.

HCC water department engineer Christopher Zvobgo told NewsDay on the sidelines of a tour of Morton Jaffray yesterday that the water situation was set to improve.

“The water will still not be enough, but the supply will be more reliable,” Zvobgo said.

“This plant will now be producing almost up to its designed capacity. What that means is that all the equipment we have here will now be reliable.

“The first plant was built in 1953 which means it is 60 years old. Because it is old, it is unreliable and less efficient. After this project is complete we expect that at least for the next 15 years we will not have any hassles.”

Morton Jaffray waterworks has a design capacity to produce over 700 megalitres of treated water daily, but is currently down to an average 600 megalitres.

Zvobgo added that after the project is finalised, Morton Jaffray will be expected to produce 140 mega litres more than its current capacity.

The project is expected to commence later this month with the first phase expected to be complete by mid-October.

In a statement, HCC said part of the loan would be used to install 1 000 pre-paid water meters on a pilot scheme in Harare’s avenues areas.

“All city households will have new water meters to replace the old ones, most of which are 20 years old,” the statement reads.

“There will also be plugging of leaks on pipes connected to Morton (Jaffray) and installation of water-flow meters to gauge the amount of water reaching the residents. Some of the money will go towards the digitalisation of water distribution with all resevoirs being linked to Morton Jaffray by satellite.”
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Its about time, but i’m NOT confident anything will change !!!

    I have not had water for the past 6 months in Highlands, and have to buy 5000Ltr of water every week for US$60.00 from Water providers, I only had water for 3 weeks during election time and then that ended abruptly; but yet, the city council still charges me for water every month?

    I would like the city council to go to Nandos or Chicken Inn and pay for a per-peri chicken, and get nothing in return , I’m sure they will like that business model !!

  2. Hats off to the guys who are behind this project. We pray to God that it won’t fail. We are loosing lives on daily basis due to unclean water people are drinking in Harare. With these kind of projects we will build a better Zimbabwe.

  3. I wish you would stop taking this piece meal approach, and start building a new water supply system. We need new pumps, pipes and a higher capacity. Do we still have real planners and Engineers after the whites left??

    Mr. President and your cabinet we don’t want loans to squander

  4. We are borrowing $144 from the chinese.are they borrowing diamonds from us?Zanu yakaora varume.iro guva rinonzi mugabe richafa riniko vakomana.dzimwe nguva guva riri nani coz rinochengeta chitunha.

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