Harare battles dire water crisis

HARARE - Many more residents of Harare may have to do without water for weeks in the coming months, amid revelations that the capital city is only left with five months’ supply of the precious liquid.

With Harare requiring a total of 800 megalitres a day to meet its full demand, the city is currently only able to pump 450 megalitres, prompting authorities to introduce water rations.

The water rationing measures come as the Harare City Council (HCC) is owed $513 million in unpaid rates and water bills by cash-strapped consumers, including businesses.

HCC spokesperson, Michael Chideme, told the Daily News yesterday that the council had introduced water rationing because of the precarious supply from Lake Chivero.

“Demand management has always been in existence, but now people should use water even more sparingly because there is very little water available. Our water production is failing to meet the demand,” he said.

According to the city’s dams report for August, Harare has 164 days or five months of water supply left, with Chideme also revealing that the city would start placing water bowsers in dry-stricken suburbs which have been experiencing erratic water supplies for years.

However, the council only has three water bowsers for the whole city, meaning that certain areas will have to go a little longer without relief supplies.

The water shortages and water rationing have heightened fears that Zimbabwe could be hit by another devastating cholera epidemic, similar to the one of 2008 which killed more than 4 000 people after the country’s water infrastructure collapsed.

Meanwhile, the national water management body, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa), claims that for the past few years local authorities have not been paying their water bills which are running into millions of dollars.

“Local authorities account for over $33 million of the nearly $140 million Zinwa is owed by its various clients such as farmers.

“This has resulted in an untenable situation where Zinwa is now struggling to ensure basic maintenance of the water infrastructure such as dams that supply water to the every local authorities and other clients,” Zinwa spokesperson Marjorie Munyonga said.

Schedule for water bowsers:

Monday: Kamfinsa Shopping Centre, Mabvuku Reservoir and Budiriro 3 shops.

Tuesday: Letombo Park, Mabvuku/Kamunhu and Budiriro 4 shops.

Wednesday: Msasa Park police post, Tafara and Budiriro 5 OK shops.

Thursday: Hatcliffe Polyclinic, Mabvuku Reservoir and Budiriro 3.

Friday: Hatcliffe CABS, Mabvuku Kamunhu and Budiriro 4, Saturday: Hatcliffe Cooperative, Tafara and Budiriro 5 OK shops Sunday: Hatfield Police Station, Kilwinning Shops and Alexandra Drive.

Comments (7)

perhaps when a burst pip is reported they should attend to it. Maybe sublet to a reputable firm to do the repairs. Thinking of importing camels for pets!!!

mike mason - 4 October 2016

It's high time the government should stop allocating people stands on wetlands. Wetlands should not be used for developmental purposes please. Wetlands supply water to main rivers. Ndiwo ma results ekuabuser water ways. Please city of Harare protect wetlands left in Harare. The water crisis will increase will if you destroy all wetlands. We know you want money but please leave wetlands and reconstruct wetlands

Emmah Mandishona - 5 October 2016

THIS IS TYPIXCAL OF ZIM INSTITUTIONS INSTEAD OF THEM REDEVELOPING KUNZVI DAM FAST TO SUPPLY THE EASTERN SIDE OF HARARE KANA KUITA MA DEVELOPMENTS EKUVAKA NEW WATER RESEVOIRS LIKE DAMS EXTREME WATER RECYCLING AND CHANGING THAT OLD PIPE SYSTEM YENYU WICH I BET MAKES YOYU LOSE 25% OF WATER YOU PUMP. SO YOU TELL ME KUTI MA TOWN PLANNERS DID NOT ANTICIPATE KUTI HARARE ICHAKURA. THEY DID NOTHING ABOUT THE EXPONETIAL GROWTH OF HARARE FOR THE PAST THIRTY YEARS. GORE RINO RICHAVA GORE RE GUKURAHUNDI RE VANHU VACHITONGA HURUMENDE YAVO MITONGO YAKAOMA COZ THESE GUYS HONESTLY APART FROM EDUCATION HAVE FAILED DISMALLY

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 5 October 2016

the other small thing that can actually go a very long way is to repair leaky taps. those are so many and they are wasting so much water every minute. let the cities initiate fixing leaking taps and you will be amazed at how much water will be mixed. nekuda kwekubirwa ma taps, residents are pitting those plastic taps anofa fast and they leak a lot. pacherechedzei ipapo. our leaders, these are the things that need that energy that you channel to destroy your enemies. do good and you will be accepted.

kelly - 5 October 2016

to read .....how much water will be saved

kelly - 5 October 2016

Why is it that a resident gets a fat bill when one has spent a full 30 days without water? The councils are mandated to provide residents with water. Where the city council fails, why are they not footing the bills that residents incur in finding alternative sources of water?

Jaya Vijay Chitombo - 5 October 2016

FBC banking will be partly responsible for out brake of cholera just look around the so called dream houses of FBC the owners put all there filth around them or in front of the houses FBC is not interested in a clean ZIMBABWE only in the ZIM dollars the one who plant this project only consitderd him self go and look in CANADA and see how they deal with problems of this kind very simple selutions and very low cost

jack - 6 October 2016

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