Mayor Blessing Tandi
City of Mutare will continue rationing water due to challenges in pumping capacity and supply systems as well as purification shortfalls that are unlikely to end any time soon, Mayor Blessing Tandi has said.
Tandi said although the city recently received some devolution funding from government, the money was simply not enough to buy the required amounts of water purification chemicals and to replace old, leaky pipes.
Inadequate water purification chemicals have forced the city to draft a stricter rationing schedule in an effort to ensure fairer supply patterns in all suburbs.
Tandi said a solution could lie in increasing rates but acknowledged that residents will not take kindly any rate increment proposal as they are already facing difficult economic conditions.
“We did receive our allocation of the devolution disbursements for this year but it’s not enough to solve all the problems we face. We have pumping capacity shortfalls, water purification limitations and old, corroded water distribution infrastructure that must be replaced urgently but we have no money for all that.
“People are not ready for a rate hike and this is affecting water supply. We would want to effectively solve the water problems in the city but the resource constraints we face are enormous,” said Tandi.