By Staff Reporter
Marondera municipality has finally cleaned its three major reservoirs that supply drinking water to residents in the town after 20 years.
Of late the residents have been complaining about the quality of water which was both dirty and smelly following allegations that the local authority was discharging raw sewerage in one of the dams that supply water to the town.
The local MDC Alliance politician Caston Mateu confirmed that the water reservoirs had gone for 20 years without being attended to.
Said the MP in a statement, “Good afternoon, I have been inundated by messages from various people across Marondera concerning the water situation. This morning I met with the Marondera Town Clerk to get an update on the status quo.
Our tanks had never been cleaned for the past 20 years, therefore sludge and some impurities had contaminated our water,” said MP Mateu.
In the same statement, the politician added that the water pumps were out of order and a new pump imported from Sweden had also been fixed to improve the water flow in the town.
In a public announcement concerning the cleaning of the water tanks, Acting Town Clerk, Rinashe Nyamuzihwa said, “The Municipality of Marondera advises all stakeholders and residents that the Longlands water treatment plant will be shut down during the period Thursday 04-07 February 2021.
“This has been done to carry out scheduled maintenance of the plant’s duty pumps, and installation of a standby pump and cleaning of all the main reservoirs at Dombotombo pump station.
“The Municipality therefore advises the public that normal water supplies shall be affected during the maintenance period and thus encourages stakeholders to stock up water for portable use.
Water situation to improve
Marondera Mayor Simba Nyahuye told Marondera Open Council that the latest development will go a long way in improving the town water situation, which, in recent years, has been dire.
Commenting on the latest development, Marondera Progressive Residents and Ratepayers Association (MAPRA) Godman Munjoma said it is a welcome development for the local authority to clean the reservoirs, but however, it is worrying that such an exercise would take 20 years.