Harare City Council is planning to introduce water rationing as it fails to meet demand. This meant to supply water to areas that have not received a drop of tap water for years.
Harare’s main water treatment works, Morton Jaffray Waterworks is pumping about 350 megalitres a day to Harare, a drop from 540 megalitres in recent months due to a prolonged drought and shortage of water treatment chemicals.
This is less than half of Harare’s daily water requirements, which currently is at 1 200 megalitres of treated water.
Harare clerk Hosiah Chisango said that the Western suburbs, which have been getting most of the treated water, will receive less water:
In terms of mitigation, we will have to move to water rationing and there are certain areas that have been getting most of the water like our western suburbs. We have to make sure that we start rationing.
Instead of five or seven days, we will have to take away some days and give it to the eastern suburbs. We will share it with other councils so that they appreciate what we want to do.
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