Most of the City of Harare’s supply dams hold enough supplies to meet demand from residents until the next rainy season, though the main challenge is the shortage of water treatment chemicals.
Harare City Council gets its water from Harava and Seke Dams, which supply Prince Edward (Seke) Treatment Works, while Lake Chivero and Manyame Dam feed into Morton Jaffray (Manyame) Treatment Works.
As of last week, Harare’s major water reservoir — was 86,2 per cent, Manyame Dam is 94,4 per cent full while Harava and Seke Dams, which were full at this time last year, only hold 3, 2 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail, Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said:
We have enough water supply for the city despite low rainfall that we experienced this year, and it is enough and can last for 15- to 18 months.
We have embarked on rationing water since we now have the required chemicals to ensure that water is distributed equitably.