Harare City Council (HCC) has been condemned for issuing conflicting statements regarding the water crisis being experienced in the city.
HCC has failed to supply water for more than a week to some residentials areas such as Marlborough.
Last week the local authority issued a statement, saying that the situation would normalise by the end of that week after water treatment chemicals had been delivered. In a statement on Sunday, HCC said:
Harare’s current water challenges are a result of drought, shortage of foreign currency to procure water treatment chemicals on time and power challenges affecting Zimbabwe. Our water plants have not been spared from power cuts.
However, speaking to the Saturday Herald, Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango said that Harare has enough water to cover at least twelve months. He said:
Our two main reservoirs, Lake Chivero and Manyame Dam, can take us up to April 2020. We reduced the abstraction rate so that we can stretch to September or October 2020.
The challenge is also on siltation in both dams due to upstream agricultural activities. This has reduced the holding capacities of the reservoirs.