MUTARE residents are set to continue singing the water blues despite the commissioning of a $9,10 million water reservoir by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week after it emerged that piping of the project had not yet been completed.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
City engineer Donald Nyatoti told NewsDay yesterday they were still expecting some equipment from India, adding the piping might be completed this monthend.
The project is expected to relieve residents of Chikanga and Hobhouse suburbs who had gone without potable water for several years.
“It’s just the tank that was completed and commissioned. It is the one which was funded by the Zimfund initiative. This has nothing to do with the pipeline,” Nyatoti said.
The project was funded by the Africa Development Bank with the funds administered under Zimfund.
“We are still lining the pipes and we are also still waiting for the equipment which is coming from India.
“The contractors were just doing the reservoir only and we hope by mid-March or end of March we will be through,” he said.
Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhamarare also confirmed that water is still to be connected from the reservoir though he expressed optimism that all will be well soon.
“This project was started during the inclusive government whereby the government linked up with numerous donors to set up the multi-donor fund which funded this project,” Nhamarare said.
“The completion of this water and sewer project is going to benefit Mutare because the sewer infrastructure has been obsolete while water delivery has not been consistent. This is a good project for us,” he said.
The United Mutare Ratepayers and Residents Trust also welcomed the project.