By Wisdom Mumera
Four Chinese companies are set to invest US$868 million in water and wastewater deals with the Harare City Council. The money will be used in different areas to rehabilitate the Harare water systems which have become dilapidated leading to water shortages.
Harare currently uses between $2.5 million and $3 million per month for water treatment chemical and the situation has been described as unsustainable. Below we detail how and where the Chinese money will be used.
Company China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC)
Investment US$351 million
Project Fund water distribution network rehabilitation in Highfield, Glen Norah, Glen View, Budiriro, Kuwadzana, Dzivaresekwa, Glaudina, Warren Park, Mabvuku, Tafara and Westlea.
Company China Geo-Engineering Company (CGEC)
Investment Not clear as yet but will be an addition on the US$868million
Project Yet to carry out pre-feasibility study
Company China Machinery and Engineering Company (CMEC)
Investment US$280 million
Project Fund installation of pumps at Morton Jaffray
-Installation of pumps at Warren Control
-Construction of new water pumping mains to Alexandria Park Reservoirs
-Expansion of Adylinn pumping mains
Investment US$237.5 million
Project Fund and construct 60 megalitre a day Lyndhurst sewage treatment plant
-Crowborough sewage works