The City Of Gweru mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe has assured residents that the city will not run out of the water as there are contingency plans that are being put in place to keep the taps running.
In an interview with State media last week, Cllr Makombe revealed that the council has secured US$300 000 funding from the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ). He said:
Gweru will not run dry… That is the positive message to our residents and industry.
This is because the Government has already started mobilising resources and experts to make sure we have water. We also got one pump from Unki Mine although it’s a bit small.
We have contractors who will be drilling the boreholes. The water will be put into our reservoirs and water tanks where it will be treated before it is channelled into the existing water pipes.
The funding is coming from IDBZ and I am sure we will get somewhere. Government is also coming in to assist.
Concerns have been raised over the past several months as the water levels in the city’s main source of water, Gwenhoro Dam having plummeted to alarming levels.
The pump from Unki Mine will be used to pump water from another water reservoir, Amapongobge Dam.