Harare Mayor Cllr Lovejoy Chitengu and Deputy Mayor Cllr Rose Muronda visited the Morton Jaffray Waterworks on Sunday to assess the challenges in water production at the plant. The visit came after they supervised a massive garbage collection in Kuwadzana earlier in the morning.
The mayor and his deputy were briefed on the water production process and the pumping of water to the city. Cllr Chitengu said the city needs to procure more chemicals and parts needed for repairs so that the water plant could reach its maximum production capacity.
He said the city aims to improve water production to about 400 mega litres a day by the end of the month. He also urged the government to speed up the completion of more water sources near Harare, such as the Kunzvi Dam, to meet the growing demand for water.
Harare’s main water source, Lake Chivero, was built in 1952 to serve around 200,000 people, but the population has grown to more than 3 million people.
The mayor also expressed concern over the power outages that disrupt water production at the plant. He said he would seek a meeting with the ZESA officials to restore the city’s dedicated power line, which was damaged by a storm about two months ago.
Cllr Chitengu said he will do everything in his power to motivate the workers at the water plant to double their efforts to provide water to the city.