Harare City Council has revived intentions to expand and computerise Morton Jaffray Waterworks in a bid to alleviate water challenges in the capital city.
The expansion of the largest water treatment plant for the local government authority started in 1997 by the Israeli company Odis, fronted by the late Former President Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Leo Mugabe’s Integrated Engineering Group.
The project was however stalled for twenty-two years with Leo Mugabe claiming that the subnational government was not forthcoming as far as paying the money needed was concerned.
Renewed efforts come when Harare, like other local government authorities, is having challenges in providing potable water to ratepayers.
Water provision is erratic and the water is usually dirty and unsafe for all domestic purposes.
The city fathers attribute water challenges to a number of issues including residents’ failure to pay their rates, debt cancellation by Minister of Local Government in 2013, dwindling water levels at the city’s water sources, ageing equipment which leads to leakages, lack of support from the central government and the scarcity of foreign currency in the country.
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