Marondera Gets US$520 000 From AfDB
By Staff Reporter
Marondera municipality received a major boost from the African Development Bank (AfDB), after it was availed US$520 000 towards the upgrading of its water and sewer systems.
The move is going to see the local authority completing its major water and sewer projects and end the water challenges in the town.
This was disclosed by Marondera Mayor, Cllr Chengetai Murowa in an interview with Marondera Open Council reporter.
Phase One to gobble US$477 000
The Mayor said the projects to be undertaken with the funds have been divided into two phases, with Phase One set to gobble US$477 000, whilst Phase Two is going to chew US$43 000.
“Phase One will focus on major upgrades of the existing water treatment plant at a cost of US$477 000 which includes installation of back-up pumps, laboratory equipment for testing water, water measuring flow meters, new chlorinator and new aluminium dosing pumps.”
He added that under Phase One, council is also going to install some leak detection devices to ensure that water is not lost through leakages.
It will also install non-return and gate valves, new lime feeders as well as a new pump for Quarry ponds commonly referred to as Hokoyo Ngozi in Marondera.
Rehabilitation of water infrastructure to cost US$43 000
Phase Two of the project will see the rehabilitation of water infrastructure to the tune of US$43 000.
“This will involve upgrading of Cherutombo and Dombotombo Pump Stations, the replacement of broken sewer pipes, a development that will go a long way towards minimising the risk of Marondera water getting polluted,” he added.
He also revealed that under this phase, they are also going to revamp the Elmswood ponds where all sewer will be directed to, unlike the current scenario where raw sewer is ending up in Rufaro Dam, the town’s main source of drinking water.
The tender process, said the Mayor was finalised and all that is left now before the implementation of the project is the publication of award notices in the newspaper which will be done by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement.
“Once all this is done, we hope to improve the water situation significantly and reduce sewer blockages across the town,” he said.