…city takes delivery of new raw water pumps for new supply dam
GWERU - City of Gweru has taken delivery of four new water pumps that will be installed at Amapongokwe Dam as part of efforts to forestall a looming water crisis.
The current supply dam Gwenhoro is expected to run out of water in just about two months’ time, a situation which a few months ago put council into panic mode.
The pumps were procured from South Africa at a cost of R6.5 million with assistance from the Ministry of Local Governance, Public Works and National Housing.
Speaking at media briefing soon after arrival of the equipment on Tuesday, City of Gweru director of engineering services, Robson Manatsa said the pumps will help to prevent a full-blown water crisis.
“The equipment will help us pump raw water from Amapongokwe Dam which is currently 65 percent full. The pumps are going to help us to reduce the current strict water rationing because as we speak, Gwenhoro Dam is 13 or 12 percent full,” Manatsa said.
He said the pumps will help the city achieve a pumping capacity of 60 mega-litres of water per day.
“We expect to take delivery of a consignment of pipes and motors, and yet another consignment of smaller accessories. Installation period is expected to last between a week and two.
“This is German technology manufactured in India and they have a supplier agent in South Africa. We have four pumps and each with a capacity of 500 cubic metres per hour. When installation is complete, we will have 60 mega litres.
“Some of the clear water pumps are not working, only four of the available nine are functional. So the restriction will now be a result of the clear water pumps,” said Manatsa.
Speaking at a budget review recently, Gweru acting director of finance, Owen Masimba said council had appealed to the office of the Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs to table a crisis document in town.
Council had foreseen a water crisis of epic proportions as supplies in Gwenhoro Dam were being used up quickly.