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    Saturday, 11 February 2017

    Mashava runs 2 weeks without water


    •     GZU not affected as it has a multi-source water supply system
    •     Situation to be rectified by Saturday - Chadzamira
    ALMA MUKUNGUMA

    MASHAVA – The populous mining town of Mashava which is also home to hundreds of students from the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) has been without tape water for the past two weeks raising serious concerns of disease outbreaks.
    However, GZU spokesperson, Andersen Chipatiso has said that the problem was not affecting the Mashava Campus as the University has a complex multi-source water supply system installed way back to cover such situations and periods of serious droughts.
    "We don't anticipate any water shortages because we have contingency measures where we installed a multi-source water supply system in case one source or the other fails.
    "We have more than three sources of water supply outside the general. We drilled three boreholes along Shashe River which supply water in case the dam level goes down.
    "We desilted Tokwe Dam for optimum supplies of water and we have rerouted our water supply line so that we have bigger pipes that do not have too many bends. This is to ensure that the volume of water is bigger and there are fewer interruptions on the line.
    "The Campus also has pipes connected to an ex-quarry that can supply up to 1 million cubic metres of water," said Chipatiso.
    A source at Zinwa said the water shortage for the rest of the residents was caused by a burst pump which has now been chocked with debris. He said the Authority can only repair that pump when it stops raining and the water levels subside.
    Efforts to get a comment from Zinwa headquarters were fruitless.
    However, the MP for the area Ezra Chadzamira confirmed the situation and said he had talked to a senior manager at Zinwa and another pump will be brought from Triangle and installed at a new site at Shashe Dam.
    "I hope the situation will be back to normal by Saturday," said Chadzamira.
    The opening of the GZU Campus in Mashava a few years back brought great relief to the town as residents used to get water once a week. Since the GZU intervention water supply has been 24 hours a day.
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