Zimbabwe’s major cities, Bulawayo and Harare’s water supplies are adequate to supply the metropolitan towns with water to last then for 11 and 18 months respectively, New Zimbabwe reports. The matter came to light through a report that was presented in Senate by the Agriculture and Lands deputy minister Douglas Karoro on Thursday last week.
Presenting the statistics about Zimbabwe’s water bodies and their capacity to provide the life sustaining liquid, Karoro said:
Besides the drought-induced challenge of unavailability of raw water, urban water supply in most cities is facing additional challenges due to limited conveyance, pumping and treatment capacities, shortage of chemicals as well as power outages,
Bulawayo had made limited investments in improving abstraction capacity which could have assisted in addressing the water challenges being faced by the city
Gweru water sources are currently at 33% full and can supply the city for approximately 9 months; Karoi has five months’ supply left from its combined water from its two supply dams; Shurugwi has eight months’ supply left.
With water levels at 20% full from Chesa Dam, Mt Darwin has only one and half months’ supply left; Mutawatawa water levels stand at 20% full of supply with only less than two months of water supply left. The situation also requires pumping from Ruya River
Kwekwe, which with a combined 25% full from the supply dams, has seven months’ supply left at 31mega litres per day; Chegutu Town with a combined 50% full of supply dams has 12 months’ supply left at 23 mega litres per day to the next run off season.
Gwanda with a 62% full supply dams has 11 months’ supply left at 20 mega litres per day; Plumtree has 12 months’ supply left at 13 mega litres per day; Chivhu has 11 months of supply at 9 mega litres a day. Chipinge’s Bangazaan Dam is at 98% full and will last the centre for the next 13 months at 8 mega litres per day; Mutoko’s Nyadire Dam at 53% full has 6 months’ supply left at 4 mega litres per day.
Murehwa water source is currently at 85% full and can supply the centre for at least 17 months at 4 mega litres per day; Mvurwi’s Pembi Dam is at 58% full and has 7 months’ supply left at 5, 5 mega litres per day; Rushinga with 50% full in supply dams has 17 months’ supply left at 3 mega litres which is enough to supply to next run off season; Insukamini within 21% full in supply dams has five months’ supply left at 4 mega litres per day.
Mutare City has 14 months at 97 mega litres per day of water supply left from the Odzani Dams Kadoma has 27 months left; Beitbridge has 3 plus months left, the town has a huge water supply back up from Zhovhe Dam which is at 58, 8% full and Marondera which has more than 30 months left at 13 mega litres per day of raw water supplies.
Rusape town has more than 30 months left at 9 mega litres per day. Bindura, Shamva and Glendale have 12 months left from their sources.
Mwenje and Acadia augmented by Masembura Dam is at 60% full; Masvingo and Chiredzi have more than 30 months left at 30 mega litres per day; Concession, Sadza, Wedza, Buhera, Murambinda, Inyati Mine, Inyati Center, Bikita, Nyika, Zvishavane, Mberengwa, Mashava and Zaka have more than 30 months left of raw water supply from their sources.
Gutu and Mpandawana Growth Centre currently has 23 months left at two mega litres per day from their sources.
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