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Reservoirs non-functional
Stephen Chadenga

Gweru City Council water reservoirs have not been operational for more than a decade, a situation that is affecting pumping pressure and supply of adequate water to residents, a council official has said.

Chairperson of the commission running the affairs at Gweru City Council, Tsunga Mhangami said there was an urgent need to rehabilitate the bulk water reservoirs to enable the city to adequately supply water.

Mhangami said, because of power cuts, the city continued to face interruptions in water supplies as treated water is directly pumped from Gwenoro Dam.

“Because water is pumped directly from Gwenoro Dam to residents, it means whenever there are power cuts, there is interruption in pumping pressure, hence the recurrent shortages in the city,” he said.

“The ideal situation would be that water is pumped from supply dams to reservoirs and then from these reservoirs to residents.”

Investigations by this paper revealed that the city’s water reservoirs, situated near the Zimbabwe Military Academy, have not been operational for more than 10 years.

Besides water storage, the other major advantage of water reservoirs is that they ensure increased water pressure to areas where the precious liquid is pumped.

“We have to commit resources to rehabilitate these reservoirs, they have been lying idle for years and they need to be thoroughly cleaned,” said Mhangami.

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