Harare’s northern suburbs and the Central Business District will have erratic water supplies over the next three weeks after the city council temporarily closed the Kopje Reservoirs to fix new inlet and outlet pipes. The Kopje Reservoirs, which supply treated water to the CBD, have been leaking, leading to the flooding of properties within the vicinity. Acting corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme said the CBD will experience low pressure during the repair period which is expected to last at least three weeks.
“The CBD will temporarily be supplied from the Alex Park Reservoirs which also supply the northern suburbs,” he said. “This means residents of the northern suburbs will as well experience low pressure during the period.
“The city also advises residents that some maintenance work is taking place at Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant on two medium pumps. The work affects water supply to low density suburbs.”
In 2014, council secured a $144 million loan from the Chinese Export Import Bank and has acquired some of the material to be used for the refurbishment of the 60-year-old plant that is producing only 400 mega-litres of water per day when it has the potential to produce 640 mega litres.
Furthermore, leaks on pipes connected to the water treatment plant would be plugged while installations of water flow metres to gauge the amount of water reaching the residents.
The rehabilitation of the plant is expected to increase output. The 42 percent increase, the city engineers say, will bring water to the perennially dry parts of the city, some of which have not had water for the past five years.