10 January 2019
THE Harare City Council has insisted on the introduction of water rationing, which will result in some suburbs getting water supply during the night and others three times a week.
The launch of water rationing programme next week is a response to the current water crisis in Harare following this season’s low rainfall.
Water levels have gone down by three metres while the depth of Lake Chivero has been reduced by about eight metres due to siltation.
In a statement, Community Water Alliance (CWA) said the city is currently producing 272 megalitres per day.
“Currently City of Harare is producing 272 megalitres per day against an estimated daily demand of 800 megalitres.
“Of the 272 megalitres currently produced more than 52 percent is lost through leakages and other loses. This means an estimated 4, 5 million residents in Greater Harare are accessing on average 135 megalitres per day,” CWA said.
Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said there was no turning back on the scheduled water rationing.
“The scheduled water rationing to be introduced in two weeks would ensure that all consumers access water.
“This year there are predictions of low rainfall, this has compelled the city council to introduce water rationing system very soon to ensure residents get water throughout the season,” he said.
In parts of Hillside, Cranborne, Braeside, Budiriro, Glen View, Mufakose, Kambuzuma and other western suburbs, residents only receive water at night while Ruwa, Mabvuku, Zimre Park and Greendale and other eastern parts of Harare have had perennial water challenges.
Chideme said Rationing will continue until the water level rises as the rainy season progresses.
“We have gone back to those days when some areas only received water during the night while others will have days when they will not get any water,” he said.
Resident of Harare said they fear that there might yet be another cholera outbreak if the water supply shortages is not addressed soon.
“I stay in Emerald Hill, we do not use city council water at all, we buy water and for those who can afford to drill boreholes they can do so.
“The situation is getting worse given the fact that every month council expects us to pay for water bills,” said Tafadzwa Zhou.