©️ THE Harare City Council (HCC) has applied for $41 million from central government for the optimisation of Morton Jaffray treatment plant to increase water production and supply to residents amid the global scourge of coronavirus (Covid-19).
This comes after the city was successfully sued by residents who demanded availability of potable water in the face of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown which saw people queuing for the precious liquid without observing social distancing.
The City Fathers responded by agreeing to urgently take steps to improve the situation by posting marshals at water points to monitor residents for compliance to social distancing and the deployment of water bowsers.
“Council and private bowsers were used to cart water to Mabvuku, Tafara, Budiriro CABS, Budiriro 5B, Msasa Park, Greendale, Hatcliffe, Mt Pleasant and Kambuzuma,” HCC said in its report.
“68 boreholes in the western suburbs were covered. These were sanitised and officers were present to enforce social distancing.
“A request for $41 million to ensure optimisation of Morton Jaffray water treatment plant has been submitted to the government. This is meant to increase water production and supply to residents of Harare.”
Rehabilitation works at Morton Jaffray began last year after the government injected $37,4 million and set deadlines for the completion of the project.
City’s environmental management committee chairperson Kudzai Kadzombe said the current water production levels are very low due to chemical shortages.
“Treatment chemicals are in short supply, disrupting consistent water supplies in the city. Thus, we are lobbying the central government to prioritise chemical procurement in this difficult time of Covid-19,” Kadzombe said.
“Right now, we are sending five water bowsers to each ward as a mitigative measure for water supply while for areas that do not have water pipes, we will drill boreholes.
“The City of Harare is trying its very best to provide ratepayers with potable water in this crisis.”
Harare is currently producing an average weekly 218,2 mega litres per day with water supply coverage for the week at 46,59 percent.
Meanwhile, Harare and Marondera municipalities have deployed workers at various borehole sites to ensure that social distancing is practised and there is fair distribution of water.
Due to erratic water supplies in the country, local authorities have resorted to drilling boreholes and since the lockdown, people have been swarming the water points without observing social distancing.
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