DEPUTY mayor Councillor Enock Mupamawonde believes that Harare City Council (HCC) will be able to address issues of water challenges that currently besiege the capital once the corporate world comes on board and assist the financially bankrupt municipality.
The workshop, organised by Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), ran under the theme Setting the Agenda for Collective Action Towards Addressing the Harare Water Crisis.
Addressing stakeholders at the Harare metropolitan water workshop today, Mupamawonde said the HCC has declared the current water situation in the city as a national disaster.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you will recall that as council, we have been lobbying that the current water situation in the city be declared a national disaster.
“This was after realising that the past-summer season was a tragedy for the city. This is coupled by the ever growing population in the city which the current water sources cannot sustain,” Mupamawonde said.
The deputy mayor also said over the years, Lake Chivero’s capacity had slowly receded due to increased siltation and other upstream activities, among them stream bank cultivation.
“I am happy to announce that as long term measures, the government has accepted to include the long-awaited Kunzwi Dam into the 2020 budget.”
“This is a welcome development as far as solving water problems in the city is concerned,” he added.
HCC has set up a committee of councillors and city officials to engage government so that they help resolve Harare’s water shortage problems once and for all.
Currently, the city is refurbishing some water tanks at Motor Jefrey so the production of water is increased to 700 megalitres per day .