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Gweru to maintain water rationing

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Gweru City Council has said water-rationing remains in place despite the continuous heavy rains that have hit the country in the past few weeks.

BY OWN CORRESPONDENT

Gweru assistant town clerk Tapiwa Marerwa said council’s water-rationing regime would continue until the city’s supply dams recorded significant water levels.

“We will continue maintaining a tight water schedule because the city’s water supply remains critical. Residents are therefore urged not to waste water because of the rains that have been received in the past weeks. Remember only last month, our major supplier Gwenoro Dam was at 0% capacity,” Marerwa said.

Council introduced water rations from February 1 whereby households in both the city’s low and high density suburbs receive 500 litres per day. Marerwa said he would reveal water levels in the city’s major supply dams this week.

City director of engineering services Jones Nanthambwe last month disclosed that water levels at Gweru’s three supply dams remained critically low with Gwenoro recording a 0% inflow despite the rains that fell at the end of last year.

Nanthambwe said between December 1, 2013 and January 3 this year, Amaphongokwe and Whitewaters dams received 2% and 6% inflows respectively.

Nanthambwe also revealed that although Amaphongokwe Dam was 42% full, it had limited pumping capacity with only two out of the four pump sets currently functional.

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