Rainfall fails to boost Lake Mutirikwi levels

MASVINGO - Rains that fell here have only managed to raise water levels in the drying Lake Mutirikwi by 2 percent.
The Masvingo City Council declared a state of emergency last month because of a severe shortage of fresh water.

Lake Mutirikwi water levels are still at critical levels, amid fears water supplies in some areas would run out.

Hubert Fidze, the Masvingo mayor, told the Daily News the dam levels had risen by an insignificant 2 percent.

“The water situation has not improved, we thought we were going to see improvements following the rains that were experienced soon after Christmas day to the first day of this New Year,” Fidze said.

“The rivers did not follow and we only got an insignificant 2 percent water rise from the 7 percent.”

Fidze said residents could still experience water cuts until the rains significantly fill up the lake. Some suburbs such as Mucheke, Rujeko and Runyararo West have gone for weeks without water, with residents resorting to a few boreholes drilled in the city by a local NGO.

Residents are spending long hours at the boreholes, with some even sleeping at the water sources.

The city council was recently forced to look for private divers to open emergency water pump valves in the middle of the lake.

The city fathers resorted to private sub aqua personnel after ZRP allegedly failed to assist.

This was after the city’s pumps failed to pump water from the shallow ends that were drying up.

“Although we managed to hire private divers to open the emergency water pump valves, the situation is still precarious and we just pray that we will have more rains to fill the dam,” he said.

The water woes have however, sparked fears of water-borne diseases.

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what as at 5 march 2014

GUDO - 6 March 2014

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