Harare City Council says residents should expect improvement in water supply at the end of the year when it adds 100 mega litres to the current 250 mega litres per day being produced.
However, this would still be a far cry from the 1 200 mega litres required daily.
Speaking during a stakeholders workshop at Morton Jaffray in Harare yesterday, Harare Water director Eng Christopher Zvobgo, said when the infrastructure rehabilitation under the $144 million loan from China is complete, the city’s water supplies would double.
“We are currently producing 250 mega litres against a design capacity of 704 mega litres. We are expecting to add 100 mega litres by December as we continue the rehabilitation exercise. Our target is to provide water seven days a week non stop to residents by 2020.
However, we will need additional water sources. We also expect to increase revenue by $7 million,” he said.
Eng Zvobgo said even at full capacity, Morton Jaffray could not provide sufficient water as the demand was more than 1000 mega litres, adding that the capital’s long-term water needs would be met through the construction of new water sources, with the Kunzvi, Musami and Muda dams being planned projects.
He said two new dams would have a design capacity of 750 mega litres a day and this would increase the current water treatment capacity to 1 450 mega litres a day.
“We also intend to construct two hydroelectric plants producing a total of 60 megawatts of energy and two new water plants to support the delivery of water to Harare, Chitungwiza and neighbouring municipalities,” he said.
The city also intended to develop a new infrastructure management system to enhance the overall management of water services system and an effective revenue management system inclusive of smart meters to ensure the effective collection of revenues and the management of the water grid.
Eng Zvobgo said the total costs of implementing the Water Services Delivery Master Plan was estimated at $2,95 billion. The workshop was attended by residents associations, commuter omnibus associations, Consumer Council of Zimbabwe and other organisations.