Harare waterworks upgrade begins

HARARE - The upgrading of the Harare City Council waterworks is set to commence as equipment sourced by a Chinese financial institution has been delivered, a senior council official has confirmed.

The council accessed a $144 million loan facility from the Chinese Export and Import Bank to revamp its water system two months ago.

Stanley Mungofa, director of health services in the City of Harare, said equipment purchased from the loan facility has arrived in the capital.

“We have started receiving equipment from China and the project is set to commence anytime soon. We appreciate the current water problems that the residents are facing but I can tell you in 18 months’ time the situation would have improved,” Mungofa said.

“Chinese water engineers have also started arriving in the country and all is looking good.”

Harare has been facing perennial water problems that culminated in the cholera outbreak of 2008 which claimed some 4 000 lives.

The project will revamp all water pumps and valves at Morton Jaffray Waterworks and Warren Control.

Morton Jaffray Waterworks can produce over 700 megalitres of treated water daily, but is currently producing an average 600 megalitres.

After the completion of the project, it is projected that Morton Jaffray will produce 140 mega litres.

“We try by all means to provide water to the residents. When we fail, we usually notify that there will be some upgrading of our water pipes and valves,” Mungofa said.

Comments (5)

Mungofa says the equipment has been delivered. And then Mungofa says we've started receiving equipment from China??? City of Harare please be serious because this is a critical issue and must be addressed as such. We appreciate the efforts now being made but a greater sense of urgency is required concerning this water issue. I think its a shame for the CAPITAL city to go without water for so many years and to have a leadership that is failing to give the necessary priority and take radical action to resolve this issue.

Peacemaker - 27 November 2013

"can produce over 700 megalitres", ...."is currently producing an average 600 megalitres"....."will produce 140 megalitres". Nothing good comes out of the Chinese. We are better off with 600 megaliter - tell the Chinese to leave us alone.

The voice - 27 November 2013

haaa whats actually happening here??? can produce over 700 mega liters and is currently producing 600 mega liters then after upgrade it will produce 140 mega liters i don't understand...pliz Chinese leave us alone

Virus Detected - 27 November 2013

its not the chinese, its lack of professional journalists, these guys write facts without verifying and proof reading

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