Water woes hit Redcliff
REDCLIFF town has gone for one month without running water due to severe pollution owing to the recent heavy rains, a council official said. The small town gets its water supplies from the City of Kwekwe whose water supplies have been affected by rains.
Kwekwe City director of works John Mhike said raw water coming into Dutchman’s Pool, the city’s water abstraction point, is very dirty because of the recent rains in the catchment area which has resulted in frequent stoppages of their water treatment plant in trying to control the high turbidity.
“Coupled with stoppages, there is reduced water treatment production and pumping leading to either low pressure or no water during this rainy period,” Mhike said.
Redcliff mayor Clayton Masiyatsva said due to heavy rains that have been pounding most parts of the Midlands, the town has gone for close to a month without running tap water as Kwekwe was either pumping on low pressure or not pumping at all.
“They told us that the reason they are failing to pump water to our town is that the raw water coming into its water abstraction point is dirty because of the recent rains,” Masiyatsva said.
This comes amid acute water shortages in the country where Zimbabweans have resorted to drilling boreholes.