“We are losing about 52 percent of our purified water to burst pipes and leakages. This is due to obsolete equipment and infrastructure which is in dire need of rehabilitation,” he said.
Muzawazi said their efforts to augment water supply capacity to most residential areas were being hamstrung by lack of adequate funds to procure spare parts and infrastructure.
Dangamvura high density suburb alone needs 8 000 cubic litres of water daily.
He said the problem was made worse by the fact that most residents were financially crippled and could not settle their bills in time.
“Our major challenge is a lack of adequate finance to procure infrastructure. Our residents are facing financial constraints and as council we don’t have the capacity to finance ourselves,” said Muzawazi.
He said the local authority needed close to $13 million to upgrade its water and sewer reticulation system to meet world acceptable standards.
Mutare Resident and Ratepayers Association Programmes Director, David Mutambirwa commended the council for initiating developmental projects to uplift the standard of living for residents.
He, however, underscored the need for council to expedite the process of upgrading the water and sewer reticulation system to alleviate water shortage in the city.Post published in: News