Gwenoro pipe burst threatens Gweru water supplies

GWERU City Council’s water woes are set to worsen amid reports of a burst water pipe at its main supply dam, Gwenoro.
Mayor Charles Chikozho, however, assured residents yesterday that there would be minimum disruptions as council had resolved to continue using the burst pipe until a replacement has been sourced.


“We have experienced a 600mm delivery pipe burst at Gwenoro treatment plant,” he said.

“We have since assessed the burst and our engineering department is in the process of mobilising for the problem to be attended to. We will advise you [residents] on when the treatment plant shutdown would be carried to attend to the burst.”

Last month, Zesa Holdings switched off power supplies to Gwenoro waterworks, as the power utility worked on an alternative feed from Shurugwi in a bid to curb incessant electrical faults affecting normal power supply to the city’s major water reservoir.

Over the years, the city’s water woes have been exacerbated by electrical faults at Gwenoro treatment plant as well as obsolete water pumps and pipes.

Last year, town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza revealed that council was losing 50% of its treated water through leakages as the local authority grapples with obsolete equipment.

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1 Comment

  1. Murove Nyamuchengwa

    Its very interesting to note that the local authorities know about the obsolete equipment and they do nothing about it. They only rush to give that as an excuse each time a water or sewer pipe bursts. At the same time they change their vehicles regularly but changing obsolete equipment is not important to them. Shame on you guys

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