Harare resorts to water rationing as supplies dwindle

29 Nov, 2022 - 09:11 0 Views
Harare resorts to water rationing as supplies dwindle Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant


Suburban Reporter

THE City of Harare has resolved to ration water as purification of water at its treatment plants remains suppressed due to unreliable supply of chemicals.

Production at Morton Jaffray Water Works currently stands at 136 megalitres out of an available capacity of 450ML while at Prince Edward council is producing only 78ML.

In an update on the water situation in the city, the municipality said its local and foreign suppliers of water purification chemicals were facing challenges hence the low water production at the treatment plants.

“The Environment Management Committee has resolved that council rations water in the wake of suppressed water production. This is to ensure equitable distribution of water in the city.

“Our local aluminum sulphate supplier is facing production challenges while the delivery of the imported granular substitute has also been inconsistent thereby affecting portable water production and subsequent equitable distribution to residents of Harare,” the city said in the update.

The city said it received four loads of imported granular aluminum sulphate on Sunday with a further 16 loads still on their way from Beira to Harare.

“All efforts are being made to work out sustainable solution to the problems. Residents are therefore encouraged to use availed supplies conservatively all the time they receive water.

All inconveniences caused are sincerely regretted,” said the municipality.

Residents from several of the city’s suburbs such as Greendale, Marlborough, Mainway Meadows in Waterfalls, Glen Norah, Glen View confirmed that they do not have council tap water.

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