Norton boreholes are running dry with intensifying water shortages leading to the provision of the precious liquid through water tankers.
The situation has lately become acute such that Council, working with local MP Temba Mliswa, is working with Schweppes Zimbabwe to provide residents with water through tankers.
The company has taken to distributing water in Norton’s Wards 10, 12 and 13 as boreholes are running dry whilst Council is still struggling to come up with an effective water plan for the areas.
Norton Town Council Spokesperson Reggie Gavara said the water supply programme “is very necessary and very effective because in Ward 10, 12 and 13 they don’t receive water at all even when we receive lots of water, they still don’t get it for various reasons”.
“Supplying them with boreholes has been a stop-gap measure but now some boreholes have run dry and families only get two buckets per week”.
Gavara said the use of tankers is a “mitigatory measure that is relieving the families”.
“We had also District Development Fund (DDF) that had come in but it has since pulled out as their source of water was GMB and it’s now very low, it cannot afford to give others”, he added.
Water shortages have been a perennial challenge for the mining town despite the presence of two major water bodies, Lake Chivero and Darwendale.
Harare, which draws its water from Lake Chivero, supplies Norton with around 5ML of water per day but the town has a demand of between 25 to 30 ML.
In 2019 NTC signed a US$30 million partnership agreement with Hydromart, for the building of a 200ML water treatment plant.
The deal however fell through as the company failed to secure funding for the project.