The Municipality of Marondera is set to pay a whopping $1.4m to take over the Wenimbi Dam water works system from government in a bid to improve water supply to its residents.
The water source, located about 12km from the town is currently owned by the government parastatal Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).
For long, the water pumps have been breaking down frequently leaving residents facing massive water shortages.
The problem is worsened as engineers to repair the water pumps are reportedly being sought from Harare
The local authority is reportedly prepared to invest in the Wenimbi Dam water system following the condemnation of Rufaro Dam that is heavily contaminated by raw sewage.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa confirmed that they (councillors) have since ordered council management to secure the needed money.
“Wenimbi Dam is currently owned by ZINWA hence we have no control over it.
“The Municipality owes ZINWA about $1.4m and once that debt is settled we will have total control of the water project. We have directed management to secure that money and seal the deal,” he said.
Recently, Mashonaland East provincial affairs minister Aplonia Munzverengi confirmed that there is need to boost the Wenimbi Dam Water project to ensure adequate water supply in Marondera town.
“Rufaro Dam is heavily contaminated with sewage and we have to look up to Wenimbi Dam for clean water. There in need to boost the water system so that this provincial capital has enough water for its residents,” she said.
The Municipality also draws its water from Nyambuya Dam which is also contaminated by sewage.