Gweru residents get water reprieve

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GWERU residents have been guaranteed two years of uninterrupted water supply with the council’s four supply dams being 87% full, Southern Eye has learnt.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Council environmental committee chairperson, councillor Tawanda Magidi told a full council meeting last week that raw water in Gwenoro, Whitewaters, Amapongokwe and Ngamo dams was averaging 87%.

“The increase in the city’s four supply dams will cushion us for the next two years. We, however, urge residents to conserve water to avoid future shortages,” he said.
Magidi called on the city to invest in new water reticulation infrastructure to avoid unnecessary loss of treated water through leakages.

Last year, town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza revealed that council was losing 50% of its treated water through leakages.

Over the years, the city’s water woes have been exacerbated by electrical faults at Gwenoro treatment plant as well as an obsolete water treatment plant.

Magidi urged residents to complement council efforts to supply clean water by paying their water bills timeously.

“There is need for residents to pay their water bills on time,” he said.