The water crisis within Harare metropole is set to worsen from this Thursday due to a shortage of water treatment chemicals.
Harare City Council water distribution manager Engineer Tapiwa Kunyadini on Wednesday also revealed that over half of the treated water is lost along the distribution network. Said Kudyadini:
Our water treatment capacity at Morton Jefrray is 614 megalitres and Prince Edward is 90 megalitres, but we have only been treating 300 megalitres and zero respectively.
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Starting tomorrow (today) we will only manage to supply 200 megalitres of water, including more than half that is lost along the distribution network.
Trucks that were supposed to deliver treatment chemicals have been stuck at the border over the past four days.
… The reason why we are losing between 50 per cent to 60 per cent of our treated water is due to our dilapidated infrastructure.
Pipes in one of the city’s oldest low-density suburbs, Avondale, have not been replaced up to now.