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    Gweru to introduce stiff rationing as dam dries up


    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – Gweru City Council is set to introduce stiff water rationing as Gwenhoro Dam, the city’s main source of water is just left with six months’ supply.
    The financially strapped local authority requires at least US$6m to invest in its waterworks and switch from Gwenhoro to Amapongokwe Dam in order to improve the situation. Residents have already been battling water rationing across the City since January this year.
    Mayor Josiah Makombe alluded to the water situation during a function where the local authority received two refuse trucks that it had procured.
    The city received $594 000 from Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the purchase of the trucks.
    “We are here to receive two refuse trucks which were purchased by council to ease refuse collection in suburbs and the whole city. The city has been failing to collect waste on time for quite some time. We tried to engage the private sector but this has been costly,” said Makombe
    “On a sad note the City will be facing another challenge of water crisis as our water source has less than six months supply. This means that our residents will have to deal with increased water rationing,” said Makombe
    Finance director Owen Masimba said that the local authority needed US$6m to switch from Gwenhoro to Amapongokwe Dam which is close to the waterworks.
    Amapongokwe is almost full but the only problem is that council has no pumps to pump water from Amapongokwe to the water treatment plant.
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