Water crisis, reprieve for Harare
By Chengeto Chidi
Harare City Council has found contingent supplies of chemicals to resume water production for the next seven days, following the shutting down of Morton Jaffray water treatment plant, acting mayor Enock Mupawaonde has said.
Chemicals supplies are expected to arrive this evening from Bulawayo.
Addressing a press conference on the availability of water held at townhouse this, the deputy mayor said pumping will resume Tuesday evening with western suburbs expected to receive water 8 hours from when production starts.
“The secured quantities will only last seven days during which period other quantities will
be secured,” he said.
Harare CBD, Mbare, Highfield and Sunningdale will access water after midnight.
The shutting down of the water treatment plant had been been culminated as a result of slow clearance of trucks which were bringing the chemicals used in water purification at the boarder.
He said this solution is temporary and assured that the situation will not get bad as it was.
“We are taking this as a buffer period to work around what happens after the seven days.
Mupamawonde also cleared the issue on the $72 million loan received from China for machinery, components and equipment which was meant for refurbishment and rehabilitation of the Morton Jaffray plant.
It was also raised that, forgiveness of payment of bills in line with elections periodically has also led to the supplementary budget being submitted to the local government which has not been approved yet.
Human Resources Committee chairperson Jacob Mafume dismissed claims that the council received $37million.
“We will be grateful if we get it. It has not yet come
“It is not enough, our monthly supply of chemicals cost $35Million.
Changes in the interbank rates have affected the budgets made by the city council. Mupamawonde also said the council will drill boreholes in order to curb the water problem.
The city council has called for the government to declare the water crisis a national disaster crisis to attract international partners to come in and assist in bringing long term solutions to the water problem.