Victoria Falls councillors are calling for the town to be exempted from the ongoing power cuts for the municipality to be able to supply water to residents and businesses.
Load shedding has negatively impacted on the town’s ability to supply water at it has affected the water plant and uptake of water from the Zambezi River.
In a letter addressed to the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Gabbuza Joel Gabuza, Ward 1 councillor Margaret Valley, said:
As the Parliamentary chair of Energy, we are begging you to help us here in Victoria Falls. No electricity here means no water.
Council has made moves to get a dedicated Zesa line for the water take out point on the Zambezi River, the water plant and also the two main reservoirs so that the town water is not affected by load shedding.
However, there seems to be a lot of talks and not much action.
Valley asserted that since Victoria Falls was the face of the country’s tourism industry, it has to be accorded special treatment.
She added that there are plans to drill boreholes in the town but the exercise would not be necessary if only ZESA provides uninterrupted power supplies.