Council has has set up a four member team to engage Government over the city's worsening water crisis.
The team comprising the Deputy Mayor Enock Mupamawonde, Town Clerk Eng Hosiah Chisango, Chairperson of the Environmental Management Committee Councillor Kudzai Kadzombe and the Acting Harare Water Director Eng Phakamile Moyo will soon meet Zinwa to push for the construction of water sources, Kunzvi,.Musami and Mazowe Dams.
The team will engage other government departments over the water crisis.
Council is lobbying Government to expedite the construction of Kunzvi and Musami Dams which are viewed as the long term solution to the water crisis.
The City and other stakeholders have called on Government to declare the water situation in the Harare a national emergency and speed up the modalities for the establishment of new water sources for the city.
A report tabled by the Acting Harare Water Director, Eng Moyo, at a Special Council meeting today indicated that the city is currently covering 52% of the Harare population with water supply, with some areas such as Sentosa, Mt Pleasant, Vainona and Borrowdale not getting water at all.
“There is little production from Prince Edward Waterworks as the dams that supply the treatment works have dried up,” read the report.
The report indicated that the city is currently suffering more losses at Morton Jaffray because of the state of raw water.
“Raw water quality has deteriorated to an extent that the pH has averaged 9.46 resulting in more losses through backwashing of filters.
“Production at Morton Jaffray averaged 301 mega litres per day for the past 19 days (1-19 July) and Prince Edward has been operating once a week to average water production of 8 mega litres per week,” read the report.
The report also attributed low production at Morton Jaffray to chemical shortages.
“The chemicals supply situation for the past month, which would have helped alleviate the above challenges, have not been kind, pre-chlorination is required with HTH which is not available.
“The average daily stock of aluminium sulphate is averaging 80 tonnes per day against a daily usage of 106 tonnes and against an optimum daily average of 159 tonnes at available capacity of 450 mega litres per day, constituting 56.6% capacity utilisation,” read the report.
These challenges are also contributing to the current rise in diarrhoeal cases in the city particularly in the western suburbs, read