By Staff Reporter.
UPON completion, City of Harare’s (CoH) Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant will be pumping 620 mega-litres of water per day which is 80 percent of the 800 mega-litres required.
City of Harare is currently doing 520 mega-liters.
Director of Water, engineer Hosea Chisango on Tuesday told journalists during a site visit to the treatment plant that soon after completion the city will move fast to attend to burst pipes.
Eng Chisango said, “Going forward, first we want to make sure that we replace our pipes, we minimize loss like improving efficiency on distribution and then after that we will look at the long term, exploring new sources of water”.
“The 620 for Harare will be covering close to about 85 percent of the population so we will still have water rationing but reduced in a few areas, the rest of the areas will go to 24/7 supply”.
The tour was also meant to apprise Minister of Local Government and Public Works Saviour Kasukuwere on the progress made after acquiring US$144 million loan from the Chinese.
Speaking after the tour, Minister Kasukuwere expressed satisfaction on the progress made.
Minister Kasukuwere said, “Having been given this opportunity by His Worship the Mayor to see the extended work that has been undertaken by the contractors to improve water treatment as well as ensuring in terms delivery, I’m sure all of us who have been part of the tour will agree with me that there is a great improvement”.
Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said there was the need to bring all stakeholders on the site so that they can be able to appreciate the progress made.
Manyenyeni calls come after criticism from the residents association that has repeatedly accused the local authority of having many shutdowns than it has pumped water to residents in order to replace pumps at giant water treatment plant.
Refurbishment of Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant, the Firle, Clear Water Pumping – station and Crowborough Waste Water Treatment plant were a three-year project which commenced in 2013 but the city failed to beat the June 2016 deadline.
Soon after completion of Morton Jaffray CoH will shift focus to other unfinished projects.