City of Harare’s water situation will remain depressed until the rain season has started as the water production at Morton Jaffray remains low according to Mayor Herbert Gomba.
Presenting the State of the City address on Tuesday the Mayor said significant steps had been taken towards dealing with the water challenges but a firm solution would only come with the rain season.
“The City is carrying out some works at Morton Jaffray Water Treatment to optimize production but the current rationing will continue until the next rains”, he said.
The Mayor said the current water shortages were mainly a result of varied reasons going back many years.
“The city has experienced perennial water shortages for more than a decade owing to the population that has overgrown the water provision facilities, the deteriorating water service infrastructure which include the treatment facilities, pumping plants and the distribution in infrastructure”.
The Mayor added that further to these reasons they had been a “gradual deterioration of the raw water quality which then demands more water treatment stages and chemicals”.
“The water supply is therefore so depressed that the western high-density areas, that were receiving near-normal supplies are now having to experience a supply shedding of 48 hours”, he said.
Over the past month, water production at Morton Jaffray has been depressed and averaged 295ML/D against a daily maximum of 430ML/D.
Government has since availed a ZW$37.4 million financial bail-out for capital projects in the water and waste sector.
Part of the money is currently being used for the rehabilitation of Morton Jaffray.
The completion of Kunzvi, Musami and Muda dam projects have also been slated for the 2020 national budget increasing hopes of a permanent solution to the water challenges.