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Pumps at the abstraction station at Bushmead

Moses Ziyambi

City of Masvingo is pumping water at half capacity due to insufficient power supplies at the Bushmead Water Works, and not due to any challenges on the part of council infrastructure, Mayor Collen Maboke has said.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, April 13, Maboke said there was no maintenance problems at the waterworks, and the below average water supplies are due to a burnt-down Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC) transformer.

“We have a transformer which got burnt beyond repair just before Bushmead. In response, Zesa (ZETDC’s parent company) connected us to an alternative feeder route which passes through Clipsham. This alternative line, unfortunately, is oversubscribed and this means not enough power is getting to the waterworks. We are therefore using one pump instead of two.

“Currently, we have no maintenance challenges at the water works except for the supply shortfalls we have always had. If we are to get sufficient power supplies, we would be able to pump as much as we have been pumping before the power supply problems,” said Maboke.

The city recently suffered severe water shortages, with all suburbs not receiving any supplies as authorities battled to liaise with ZETDC so that the power supplies could be restored urgently.

It is not yet clear when the power utility would be able to replace the destroyed transformer and reconnect the water works to the usual feeder.



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