‘5 000km of Harare’s water pipes as good as dead’

LOCAL Government minister July Moyo has disclosed that more than 5 000km of Harare’s water pipes were obsolete, causing the city to lose about 60% of its treated water through leakages.


Moyo was responding to a question by Manicaland Senator Keresencia Chabuka, who had asked him to explain why water taps in Harare’s suburbs were perennially dry.
“The problem with the reticulation system in Harare is that 5 000km of water pipes are as good as dead,” Moyo said.

“They lose 60% of that water which is pumped, and so there is no way that the water can reach every home.

“The waterworks at Morton Jaffray has not been pumping very well. However, we got some support of $72 million, which we have put in Morton Jaffray Waterworks to upgrade it so that it can pump more water to Harare.”

Moyo said there must be a water utility system that caters for all urban areas around the metropolitan area of Harare, including urban areas that fall under Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West that were now encroaching onto the Harare Metropolitan area.

“We know very well that there is rural to urban migration and that needs to be planned by the local authorities, and the city fathers and mothers to make sure that it is consistent with the growth of the population.”

The minister said in cities like Harare, expansion had taken place with people building in areas where expansion of water mains had not taken place. Some of those places included Caledonia and Harare South.

“I can say for the last 20 years, we have had serious problems with water reticulation in most of our urban centres, partly because investments or planning by the local authorities has not been consistent with the expansion that has taken place in those urban areas,” Moyo said.

He added that Harare’s water woes were worsened by the fact that the city supplies water to other towns like Chitungwiza, Epworth, Ruwa and Norton.

“Obviously, we need to renew the water pipes that distribute to all the areas in Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa, Epworth and Norton,” Moyo said.


  1. the water pipes are as good as dead and same goes with the Minister leading the councils as nothing fruitful has come out of this ministry towards reviving the rot in most urban and rural councils

  2. some problems can be solve chop chop.there was a burst pipe corner north road and FINDOWRIE DRIVE In chisipite for a long time.they came last week remove a 2 meter pipe and up to now no one has come back.now the whole northern side of Chisipite has no water while across the road in FINDOWRIE DRIVE WATER is gushing outon the road for 4 days.please establish a hot line for burst pipes. just a bit of supervision is needed,the mayor and his stuff are sitting on the job and finding all kinds of excuses and going to press.that habit must stop dont tell us how many kilometers of pipes are needed get them be creative it can be done

    1. yah they cant find two meters of piping all the money going to high salaries and posh cars

  3. Stop Waffling !

    They are as good as dead and people still just waffle about it and do nothing positive about them Why has this been the case in a nutshell the country has been badly mismanaged

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