Su­gar es­tates face water cuts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

MASVINGO City Coun­cil has en­gaged sea divers to open the last ab­strac­tion water tower as water in the main sup­ply dam, Lake Mu­tirikwi has dropped to 7,6 per­cent level.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity has pro­posed cut­ting water to the Lowveld su­gar es­tates if sub­stan­tial rain does not fall soon.

Mayor Coun­cil­lor Hu­bert Fidze has ap­pealed to res­i­dents to use water spar­ingly and ap­pre­ci­ate the water shed­ding mea­sures im­posed to save the lim­ited water in the lake.

“As the water sit­u­a­tion de­te­ri­o­rates by the day we are bring­ing in sea divers by the end of the week (last week) to open the last valve at our in­take tower. Beyond this valve there is to­tal dis­as­ter once it dries up,” said Clr Fidze.

He said the move to en­gage sea divers is the last re­sort after it has been re­alised that the other valves can no longer draw water from the dam be­cause of the crit­i­cal drop in level of the Lake Mu­tirikwi.

Clr Fidze said: “If the move fails to yield pos­i­tive re­sults the sit­u­a­tion in the an­cient city will be dire and the lo­cal au­thor­ity will li­aise with the Zim­babwe Na­tional Water Au­thor­ity to cut sup­plies to the Lowveld su­gar es­tates for the lit­tle re­main­ing water to be able to save the city.”

He said the qual­ity of water drawn through the last valve will be com­pro­mised as it needs more chem­i­cals for pu­rifi­ca­tion.

“Equally, this means we are now draw­ing raw water from the fi­nal river bed. It will now be­come much more ex­pen­sive to clean the water as more chem­i­cals will be needed.

“Res­i­dents should bear with us as we have moved to save the sit­u­a­tion by shed­ding water sup­plies in the res­i­den­tial ar­eas. Let’s con­serve our pre­cious com­mod­ity,” said the mayor.

He urged res­i­dents, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and in­dus­try to hon­our their out­stand­ing bills.

The mayor en­cour­aged debtors to ap­proach the lo­cal au­thor­ity to make pay­ment plans.

He said res­i­dents should con­serve water since water is life.

The crit­i­cal water sit­u­a­tion in Masvingo City has seen the lo­cal au­thor­ity in­tro­duc­ing water shed­ding un­der which res­i­den­tial ar­eas are pend­ing days with­out sup­plies.

Bulawayo has also been hit by a water cri­sis. The city in­tro­duced 48-hour weekly water shed­ding which started last Mon­day. — @ wal­terbm­swazie2.

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