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Veld fires causing water cuts

Denzel Serima

The city of progress continues to suffer from erratic water cuts due to spreading veld fires from Ivene towards Gwenhoro dam destroying Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) infrastructure thus leading to power cuts.

Gwenhoro and Amapongokwe pump stations which rely on ZESA’s electricity for their pumps to function, have no power thus exposing the city to water diseases such as cholera and typhoid that have claimed over 8 lives so far.

Gweru City Council Engineering Director Robson Manatsa explained to members of the sewer and water committee that toured the place last week on how veld fires are affecting water supply.

“The fire damaged electricity poles which carry the line which supply our water treatment plants at Gwenhoro and Amapongokwe…our city rely on ZESA as the primary source of electricity and now people could not receive water as pumps could not work,”

“ZESA was cooperative when we contacted them and they managed to restore electricity on the plants by connecting our line with the Shurugwi line that was still working, though the exercise took some time,” said Manatsa.

Water cuts affected Senga, Ivene, Mkoba,Mambo and other places that surround the city forcing people to resort to other reliable sources of water.

“People should avoid unnecessary fires as they can damage property and put lives at risk…..the absence of water means people are now resorting to other sources some of which are not safe, exposing lives to diseases such as Typhoid and Cholera,” urged Gwenhoro Low lift pump engineer  Kunaka.

Environmental Management Agency provincial spokesperson Simon Musasiwa could not be reached for comment by the time of print.

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