Council to decommission PE water works: Manyenyeni

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) could soon consider decommissioning Prince Edward (PE) water treatment works, as Harava Dam (Harava) is slowly drying up, mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said.

In an interview with the Daily News on Thursday, Manyenyeni said the low levels at Harava — which supplies water to the PE plant — were worrying.

He said the situation indicated that Harare urgently needs more water sources.

“We are very close to decommissioning PE water treatment works,” Manyenyeni said.

He added that the erratic water supply to the capital city were also indicative of a backlog in infrastructure provision for the whole city.

The mayor, however, said sources such as Harava and Seke dams were low-cost sources whose water is relatively cheaper to treat compared to Morton Jaffray’s.

“Such sources should be able to supply areas close to them by harnessing the little that is left. Catchment areas are affected by siltation and illegal activities are an eye-opener on what needs to be done on the short and long-term,” he said.

Harare Water acting director, Hosea Chisango, said soon, Harava will no longer be considered for water production because it was below extraction levels.

He said with time, Lake Chivero might be the only source of water for greater Harare, if the rains do not come soon.

“Chivero is now left with only four months’ water supply. In a good season, most of the dams that provide water fill up to capacity, however, last year Harava was only 74 percent full while Seke did not fill up,” Chisango said.

He said because of the low dam levels, Harare would have to constantly ration water to ensure everyone receives the precious commodity.

According to HCC spokesperson, Michael Chideme, the city has three water bowsers that will be distributing free water in different suburbs, daily.

Areas to be serviced by bowsers thrice a week are Kamfinsa, Budiriro, Mabvuku, Tafara, Msasa Park, Hatcliffe and Hatfield.

“Demand management has always been in existence but now people should use water sparingly. Our water production is failing to meet the demand. People should use the available water sparingly as it is being spread thinly across the city,” Chideme said.

Meanwhile, investigations into the rehabilitation of Firle waste water treatment digesters have revealed favouritism in the awarding of the tender to ERAC Consortium (ERAC) — a company which was unregistered.

A special committee comprising four councillors discovered that ERAC had never done any work prior to the HCC project.

According to findings of the probe, there was no clear criterion as to how companies that were invited to tender were selected.

The report revealed that waste water manager, Simon Muserere, lied that ERAC had done prior business with HCC.

“What is particularly of concern is that ERAC had no history with council projects and how they got on the list of contractors to rehabilitate digesters when initially ERAC had wanted to be involved in the gas production project is unclear,” read part of the report.

The report also revealed that all work attributed to ERAC had actually been done by its so-called sister company, Cemo Pumps.

It was also discovered that most work done by the sister company ended up being done by Potriver, a front for Cemo Pumps.

ERAC did not state the price of some work arguing that it would only be determined when tender was awarded.

“It is the committee’s view that no proper verification was done on the contractor because if it had it would have picked up that ERAC at the time of submission of the bid was not a registered company, had no clear tax clearance and neither did they produce a VAT certificate — all of which are crucial elements for any legitimate and serious bidder,” councillor Joseph Rose said.

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