Shot in the arm for Harare council

HARARE – Harare municipality which is among many local authorities battling to replace antiquated water supply equipment is set to benefit from a three million euro funding by the Dutch government which is aimed at improving supplies in the capital.

According to the director of water Hosea Chisango, the funding will also provide learning opportunities for the staff.

“The programme will allow for capacity building, organisational transformation, strategic and investments planning in water supply infrastructure.

“Harare water will benefit immensely from this partnership in terms of new and appropriate technologies and also possible funding for infrastructure rehabilitation,” Chisango said.

Harare municipality is currently implementing projects under the Zimbabwe multi-donor funded Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation project phase 2.

One of the projects under the multi-donor funding was awarded to Vitens-Evides.

Harare’s distribution network has 15 booster pump stations and 28 storage reservoirs with a total capacity of 850 000 cubic metres.

According to Chisango the city’s water distribution network is plagued with numerous burst pipes because of the materials used. The distribution network is also aged with some of the pipework now over 60 years and prone to leakages.