Marondera Municipality has come up with a budget of $155 000USD for the complete overhaul of water infrastructure at Wenimbe Dam to satisfy water requirements in Marondera town.
Speaking during the tour of Wenimbe Dam Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) Engineer Colleta Tundu said Wenimbe Dam should pump 13.5 megalitres per day which translates to 675 cubic metres per hour.
“Now we are delivering 270m³/h giving shortfall of 405m³/h, because we are running with one set of pumps from both pumping station station.
“If we manage to run two pump sets it means we are going to run about 540m³/h giving shortfall of 135m³/h,” she said.
Eng Tundu told Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Water and Rural Resettlement Douglas Karoro challenges they are facing in supplying water to Marondera residents.
“As an authority after we have encountered problems to deal with delivering the right and clean water required by the municipality we concluded that we need to replace all the required six pump sets and also duplicate the pipe which carry water from dam to treatment plant. And we came up with budget of $155 00USD,” she said.
The pumping infrastructure at Wenimbe Dam consist of six pumps.
Three are located at the dam called the abstraction point were water is being pumped from the dam.
Another three pumps are located three kilometers away from the point which is called the booster point where water is pumped 8km to the treatment plant.
However out of these six pumps only two are operational.