Kwekwe in two-day water shutdown

07 Oct, 2020 - 10:10 0 Views
Kwekwe in two-day water shutdown


Prisca Manyiwa in Kwekwe

Kwekwe City Council has warned residents of a two-day shutdown of the water pump station from the early hours of today (Wednesday) up to Friday morning.

In a statement to Kwekwe residents on social media, department of works director Engineer John Mhike highlighted that there will be 48-hour complete shutdown of Dutchman’s pool water treatment station which supplies water in Kwekwe to allow for the replacement of water valves.


“There will be a 48-hour shutdown of the second raw water pump station that is the low lift pump station number one at the Dutchman’s pool water treatment works.


“This will allow the contractor working at the station to complete the replacement of nearly all raw water control valves with new ones to enhance operational efficiency of the water treatment plant and help guarantee uninterrupted water supply to our residents, commerce and industry.


“This exercise will be carried out from 0600 hours on 07 October 2020 to 0600hours 09 October 2020,” said Mhike.


Engineer Mhike advised residents to use water responsibly and also come up with plans that will work out for them during these two days.


“Water pressure will be low during this period and in some high altitude areas there will be no water.


“You are therefore advised to make adequate contingency plans to avoid inconveniences during this period and also use water responsibly and sparingly,” he said.


Meanwhile, there have been complaints by residents located in high altitude areas of low water pressure and sometimes taps would run dry for most part of the day and only access it during the night such that residents were beginning to raise complaints over shortage of water supply in residential areas.


In the last full council held sometime in September, ward 5 councilor Melody Chingarande raised complaints of water leakages in residential areas due to vandalism of pipes by other residents which also contributed to shortage of water supply in other areas.


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