The city of Gweru has said it will revisit its tight water rationing regime following the delivery of three high lift pumps from South Africa which are expected to increase water supply to residents.
In a wide ranging engagement meeting with Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WicoZ) Gweru chapter, mayor Josiah Makombe said the pumps are expected to be installed by mid February.
“The three high lift pumps were delivered early this week and installation is expected to be complete in three weeks time,”Makombe said.
“What this means is that water is going to be supplied to most of the high lying areas in Mkoba 19, Ridgemont, Harben Park and Dalseford among others.”
He added:” So as council we are going to make sure that we revisit our water rationing schedule so that at least people get more water than what had been happening (over the years).
Makombe however said the city was likely to experience more water bursts from increased pressure from the new pumps but indicated council was prepared to deal with the situation.
Over the past years the Midlands capital introduced a tight water rationing scheme to conserve water in the city.
The situation was worsened by the local authority’s failure to adequately pump water due to shortage of high lift pumps and obsolete pipes.
Meanwhile Makombe said the city was continuing with evacuation of families hit by flash floods.
WicoZ Midlands coordinator Vimbai Nhutsve-Musengi however said there was need for council to put in place effective mechanisms to ensure people evacuated to temporary shelters adhered to Covid-19 guidelines.
A WicoZ member, Merjury Makunere bemoaned lack of enough masks and sanitisers at the evacuation centres.
Makombe said council had roped in others partners to ensure that people in temporary shelters live in conditions that do not expose them to the coronavirus.
“But as a future plan my council is putting in place an Emergency Management Team to deal with these disasters,”he said.