Morton Jaffray refurbishment underway

HARARE - Harare City Council is making progress to refurbish the Morton Jaffray waterworks, with project designs having been completed, officials have said.

Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, said despite the China Exim Bank-funded project having taken off barely two months ago, council was happy as most of the equipment had already arrived while some was still on its way.

“We are on schedule with the projects,” Mahachi said.

“Most of the equipment is on its way here. The designs of the project have been completed and when the equipment arrives it will have somewhere to go instead of us fidgeting. The crane meant to lift the heavy metal structures is on its way to Harare.”

Among paraphernalia on its way from China is water treatment chemicals, information communication technology and laboratory equipment, which he said, needs to be properly managed.

The council is expecting the first pumps to arrive by March and complete installation by June 2014.

The project is being bankrolled under ZimFund, a short to medium term infrastructure development programme administered by the African Development Bank, designed to rehabilitate and restore basic services in water and sanitation.

In Harare, water treatment works at Morton Jaffray, Prince Edward, and Firle will be rehabilitated, as well as the Crowborough Wastewater Treatment Works and the Little Marimba Trunk Sewer.

Against a maximum output of 614 megalitres, Morton Jaffray is currently pumping out 400 megalitres while Prince Edward water works is pumping out 60 megalitres against installed capacity of 90 megalitres.

Harare has been dogged by perennial water shortages with parts of Mabvuku, Glen Norah, Glen View, and Budiriro the worst affected, according to the Harare Residents Trust.

Other affected areas include northern suburbs such as Greendale, Mandara and Glen Lorne.

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