Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
Gweru City Council is expecting the delivery of four water pumps that were sourced by the Government to avert a water crisis.
In an interview yesterday, Mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe said the water situation was now dire and, hence the great expectations on the Government-sourced water pumps to avert a potential water disaster.
“We are expecting the delivery of the four water pumps for Amapongobwe Dam sourced by the Government to be delivered before the end of the week,” he said.
Clr Makombe said it was important that the water pumps arrive and be installed as soon as possible at Amapongobwe. “The water situation is still bad up until we install the pumps,” he said.
Clr Makombe said Gwenoro Dam is now around 14 percent full and left with five or six percent of water that can be pumped.
“So we need the pumps for Amapongobwe Dam, which is about 70 percent full, but the challenge is that it is not equipped and council has been running around to ensure that we have the pumps so that we avert the water crisis,” he said.
Government last month intervened in sourcing four water pumps for City of Gweru at a cost of US$440 000 and in the process saving the local authority from paying an outrageous US$6 million for the same product.
The move by the Government has saved the residents from paying more for the pumps which cost less.
Addressing the National Assembly recently, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing July Moyo said GCC had made an outrageous tender for the four pumps.