.…‘only five months supplies remain’
City of Gweru has rung alarm bells over its precarious water supply situation following revelations that its main supply dam, Gwenhoro, will run dry within the next five months.
Addressing residents at the commissioning of two refuse compactors at council offices earlier this week, Mayor Josiah Makombe revealed that the dam was only 26 percent full.
He said the city needed urgent financial support to transfer pumping equipment from Gwenhoro to Amaphongokwe Dam.
“Let me advise you that Gwenhoro Dam is now at 26 percent which translates to only five months’ water supply considering the consumption patterns. Amaphongokwe is at 75 percent which is enough to take us an additional 12 months but our pumping facilities there are broken down and we cannot utilise the resource.
“We need rehabilitation works at our treatment plant and raw pump stations (Gwenhoro and Amaphongokwe) which need replacement of obsolete pumping equipment and the repair of mainlines and major fittings at a cost of US$10 million.
“The city’s population of around 200 000 requires 60 million litres of water per day plus industry demands 20 million litres which all adds up to 80 million litres. Currently, we have an output of 40 - 43 million litres per day from Gwenhoro and 1.5 million from White Waters Dam, giving us a total output of 43 - 44 million litres which is not enough for the city.
“So with the deficit of 15 million litres per day, we cannot fill our reservoirs and such high-lying areas as Haben Park, Mkoba Village and Ridgemont being the most affected areas,” said Makombe.
The Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Larry Mavhima commended Gweru City Council for acquiring the refuse trucks which he said will greatly help to improve service delivery.
“I call upon council to ensure the collection of refuse timeously and make sure the heaping of litter in locations becomes a thing of the past. We don’t want to suffer from such diseases as cholera again,” said Mavhima.