MARONDERA- In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic the Municipality of Marondera has promised to ensure availability of water in all residential areas provided there is a consistent supply of electricity.
Both the Town Engineer Christopher Chineka and Mayor Chengetai Murowa confirmed this in separate interviews.
“We are urgently taking concrete steps to improve water supplies to residents in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent national lockdown to prevent the deadly disease’s spread in this town.
We will make it a priority that we constantly supply clean, safe water for as long as electricity is available,” said Chineka.
Mayor Murowa revealed that plans were afoot to also deploy bowsers to communities.
He said: “There are areas that do not receive piped water and our plans to deploy bowsers in such areas are at an advanced stage.
“It is also important to note that our environment health team is always on the ground everyday and periodically assessing the residents’ preparedness and adherence to the Government’s call to stay at home. Looking for water should not be an excuse and we are doing our best to avoid that.”
In recent years, the town’s water situation has been desperate as the water treatment plant which was designed in 1974 to cover 200 000 people had been overwhelmed as the town’s population has grown more than six-fold.
However, the water works is now being upgraded as the council’s coffers were boosted by the US$7.7 million devolution funds the local authority received from central Government.
The council has also drilled 12 boreholes – one in each ward, although they are not yet functioning.