End in sight for Gweru water challenges

Zimbabwe

Munyaradzi Musiiwa

GWERU City’s perennial water challenges will soon come to an end, after the City Council last week received four water pumps that were bought by Government.

Government, through the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry, is sourcing four water pumps for the city of Gweru at a cost of US$440 000.

In an interview, Gweru Mayor, Councillor Josiah Makombe said the local authority had received pumps purchased from South Africa by Government.

Councillor Makombe said the local authority was also expecting a team of engineers from South Africa to come and install the pumps at Amapongobwe dam.

This will bring to five, the total number of pumps at the reserve water source, and a combined pumping capacity of 80 mega litres of water daily.

“Gweru has a daily demand of water of about 90 mega litres a day.
The pumps are already here, they were cleared at the border on Sunday. We are also expecting a team of engineers to come and install the pumps at Amapongobwe tomorrow (today). Once these pumps are installed they will have a collective pumping capacity of 80 mega litres a day, together
with the one which is already there,” he said.

Councillor Makombe said Gwenoro dam is now around 14 percent full, and left with five or six percent of water that can be pumped.

He said once it gets to 10 percent, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) will decommission it.

Cllr Makombe said Amapongobwe water levels could last the city for the next eight months.