Local Govt rejects 4 unsolicited Harare bidders

HARARE – Four unsolicited bidders who sought to rehabilitate Harare’s water reticulation system at an estimated cost of $178 million have been turned down, Local Government permanent-secretary George Mlilo has said.

This comes as Harare City Council (HCC) is currently rehabilitating Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Works (MJ) to increase water supply to 620 megalitres (Ml) per day by December.

“There were four unsolicited bidders who came to us for the water reticulation system and we said no to that. Advertise and then pick one so that we can develop with that company and negotiate. That is where I stand,” he said.

Mlilo said once MJ was completed, HCC should move fast to rehabilitate the distribution network which was wasting the 65 percent of the city’s water through bursts and leakages.

MJ has improved its water production capacity by 20 Ml. However, most of it is lost along the way due to the obsolete distribution infrastructure.

HCC director of water Hosea Chisango said in areas where there was an improvement in water supply, council had introduced pressure reducing valves to make sure that water losses were limited.

“From the 5 500 kilometres (km) of pipe network, if we can deal with between 2 500km and 3 000km, then we would have a system that has integrity.

“What we want is to reduce the losses to 20 percent. After we have done replacement, we will require a leak detection system in our network,” Chisango said.

He added that what remained was the work that still needed to be done on Warren Control pump station.

“We will still have disturbances in terms of water supply if Warren Control remains unstable because 80 percent of the water that passes through MJ goes to Warren Control,” he said.

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