MARONDERA-Marondera Municipality requires about US$9 million to fix all water problems bedevilling the municipality as the issue continues to trouble the local authority.
The water works in Dombotombo were built in 1975 to carter for 20 000 people, which was the population back then.
Water Infrastructure Built 45 years Ago
The population has since grown to 100 000, making in difficult for the same infrastructure, built 45 years ago to sustain the current demands.
This was disclosed by Marondera Central Member of the Lower House of Assembly Caston Matewu when he was addressing members of the media and some Marondera residents at a two-day Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) organized workshop.
29 000 cubic meters of water needed daily
Honorable Matewu said 29 000 cubic meters of water are required to satisfy Marondera municipality’s daily water requirements.
However, the existing infrastructure can only produce 8 000 cubic meters of water, making it difficult for the local authority to adequately provide water to the satisfaction of Marondera residents.
Matewu added that the situation is not peculiar to Marondera municipality alone, but to 90 percent of local authorities in the country and blamed the central government for not doing much to assist local governments.
70 percent of UK’s budget goes to councils
“I have stayed in the United Kingdom for some time where I was a director at Bournemouth University and I was also involved in the issues to do with residents associations.
“In UK for example, 70 percent of the country’s budget goes to local authorities, whilst only 30 percent goes to ministries, but in Zimbabwe only 5 percent of the country’s budget goes to local authorities,” he added.
He also expressed concern over some areas like Go for It housing scheme in Cherutombo that have gone for up to 10 years without getting water, saying he is engaging council over the matter.