Mutare Needs $23 Million For Burst Pipes

Mutare Needs $23 Million For Burst Pipes

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  • Apr 29, 2022
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MUTARE City Council requires US$23 million to repair pipe bursts and other water leakages that have resulted in the municipality losing a whopping 62 percent of treated water on a daily basis.

City Engineer, Engineer Maxwell Kerith revealed this week that apart from recurrent pipe bursts, illegal connections, faulty water meters and data handling errors are some of the bottlenecks causing the huge losses.

He also said the city’s water supply system is currently unsustainable due to sub-economic tariffs, and thus in the absence of Government grants and hand-outs from international partners, it will collapse.

“Mutare City Council has only one water treatment plant at the moment, which is the Odzani Water Treatment Plant. At this plant, we treat water drawn from Pungwe River and Odzani/Small Bridge dams.

“The treatment plant has a nominal design capacity of 63,7 mega-litres per day with a reported peak throughput of around 80 mega-litres per day. It costs about US$0,28 to produce a cubic metre of water that we sell at US$0,39 to residents, but payable in local currency at the official forex exchange rate,” he said.

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