Chin­hoyi to meets in­vestor over wa­ter project

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa Chin­hoyi Bureau

CHIN­HOYI Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials are set to meet the in­vestor that was cho­sen to un­der­take a $22 mil­lion wa­ter aug­men­ta­tion project after the lo­cal au­thor­ity had threat­ened to ter­mi­nate the ten­der.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity had be­come im­pa­tient with the con­trac­tor after fail­ing to im­ple­ment the project within agreed time­lines.

How­ever, the con­trac­tor has now in­di­cated in­ten­tions to meet with the coun­cil to dis­cuss fur­ther de­tails about the deal which would more than dou­ble the town’s wa­ter sup­plies.

Chin­hoyi Mayor Coun­cil­lor Test Michaels con­firmed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, adding that a con­crete po­si­tion on the project would be taken after the meet­ing.

“The com­pany (South­ern Re­gion Trad­ing) re­cently reached out to coun­cil, re­quest­ing for a meet­ing where is­sues to do with the project will be dis­cussed,” he said.

“We were con­sid­er­ing ter­mi­nat­ing the con­tract, but after the re­quest for di­a­logue, it is necessary that we en­gage and map the way for­ward.

“We need to find out what they have to say and match it with our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Ini­tially, the project, which was set to be com­pleted by June this year, would have dou­bled ca­pac­ity from the 16 mega litres per day to 30 mega litres.

The sec­ond phase of the project was ex­pected to even­tu­ally boost ca­pac­ity by a fur­ther 10 mega litres per day.

South­ern Re­gion Trad­ing had, how­ever, in­di­cated that it was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess for­eign cur­rency to source some of the ma­te­ri­als re­quired for the project.

Clr Michaels said de­lays in im­ple­ment­ing the project had caused un­easi­ness within coun­cil, with coun­cil­lors rec­om­mend­ing the ter­mi­na­tion of the deal.

Un­der the agree­ment, South­ern Re­gion Trad­ing was ex­pected to sup­ply wa­ter me­ters, ex­pand the town’s wa­ter treat­ment plants and retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

The scope also in­cludes ex­tend­ing clar­i­fiers and con­struct­ing an ad­di­tional reser­voir. At least 300 wa­ter me­ters were sup­posed to be in­stalled un­der the pi­lot phase of the project be­fore uni­ver­sal roll out.

The $22 mil­lion project was ex­pected to sup­ply wa­ter to more than 100 000 res­i­dents and pro­vide 24-hour run­ning wa­ter in high-ly­ing ar­eas such as parts of Mzari, Or­ange Grove, Cher­ima and Brundish. Th­ese ar­eas re­ceive lim­ited wa­ter sup­plies.

New hous­ing projects such as Ru­vimbo, Ru­jeko and Ma­pako were the most af­fected. The retic­u­la­tion sys­tem used the grav­i­ta­tional sys­tem, which left dis­tri­bu­tion skewed in favour of low-ly­ing ar­eas.

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