$11m invested to repair essential water works

Harare City Council has released $11m to repair the main water treatment plant – part of a major project to improve water service delivery to the city, a senior official has said.

The first phase of a major repair project is beginning. When the whole $44m project is completed, Morton Jaffrey should be back up to full capacity.
The first phase of a major repair project is beginning. When the whole $44m project is completed, Morton Jaffrey should be back up to full capacity.

“All pumps and systems at Morton Jaffrey water treatment plant will be replaced and procurement of world-standard equipment is being done both locally and internationally from European companies based in China,” said the town clerk, Tendai Mahachi.

He told The Zimbabwean that $44m of the $144m which council recently borrowed from the Chinese Export and Import Bank was allocated for rehabilitation of the water works.

“We hope by February 2014 that construction will have started on the warehouse where spare parts, water treatment chemicals and equipment will be stored, and other major works will be taking shape,” he added. “We have so far used a total of $11m to procure material and equipment such as a fork-lift and a crane, steel frames for a three-in-one warehouse and other products which are coming in 13 containers from China.”

China Machinery Engineering Corporation is working in partnership with the council team to upgrade the water plant.

Morton Jaffrey has four units, which were built in four phases between 1954 and 1994 and have capacity to produce 614 megalitres of drinkable water a day. Through lack of repair, the plant produces only 450 megalitres a day.

“Pumps and other components of the plant will be specifically designed and manufactured for us and this will take some time, but other rehabilitation works will be done at Warren control works, and Firle and Crowborough sewage plants,” said Mahachi.

The city also owns Prince Edward water plant near Chitungwiza, where the water source is so small that the the plant can only operate at 60 megalitres a day as opposed to its 90-megalitre capacity.

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