By Staff Reporter
Gweru City Council mayor, Josiah Makombe has revealed that the Local authority’s top priority in next year’s budget would be the replacement of ageing water equipment to ease the water challenges that have dogged the city for decades.
Makombe said it was not possible to refer to quality service delivery without addressing the adequate supply of the precious liquid to residents.
“Our major priority in the 2021 budget is the replacement and rehabilitation of ageing water infrastructure,” he said during a recent Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development indaba.
“So as we move towards crafting next year’s budget we should begin to factor in that a large chunk of the city’s cake should be channeled towards the refurbishment of obsolete water equipment.”
He added: “We want to make sure that come next year water should be supplied to high laying residential areas.”
Besides old equipment the city’s water problems have been worsened by incessant electrical faults at its Gwenoro water works.
A recent study also showed that the city was losing more than 50% of treated water due to pipe leaks.
Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association director, Cornelia Selipiwe welcomed council’s move to replace water equipment.
“We have water pumps and pipes installed more than three decades ago and they definitely need replacement,” said Selipiwe.
“In fact prioritising replacement of water infrastructure in the Midlands capital has been long overdue and as residents we welcome such a move by city fathers.”
The majority of residents currently rely on boreholes as the city struggle to provide the precious liquid on residents’ taps.