Gweru faces incessant water woes as pipes burst 

Source: Gweru faces incessant water woes as pipes burst – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Gweru city taps have gone dry for the past three weeks as water pipes in most parts of the Midlands capital continuously burst due to old age.

The council said the breakdown had also affected the heavy industrial area.

“We would like to advise residents, clients and stakeholders that we have burst pipes in Nehosho, affecting parts of Senga, heavy industry, affecting the whole of the heavy industry, Mkoba 1, 2, 3, Mtapa, Ascot, Mambo and Montrose, Prestwick and Sunningdale Road junction, affecting Mkoba 9, 10 and 11, Kopje and Lobengula intersection, affecting Kopje area, 27 St Annes Drive, affecting parts of Lundi Park,” the council said in a statement.

In another statement this week, council said: “We would like to advise residents, clients and stakeholders that repairs on the burst pipes in Lingfield Road, Suburban Lodge, Mimosa turnoff and Patterson’s turn-off are underway.

“Therefore, the whole of Daylesford will have no water at all.”

The local authority said city engineers were working to restore normal water supplies.

Speaking during a Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association virtual water indaba recently, mayor Josiah Makombe blamed the ageing water equipment for the water shortage.

“Water supply problems in our city are mainly caused by an old water system, particularly pipes that need replacement,” Makombe said.

Makombe said as a stop-gap measure, the council had partnered with stakeholders to drill solar-powered boreholes in the city.

Despite the good rains that fell last season that saw the filling up of dams, Gweru has been facing occasional water problems as a result of ageing infrastructure.

Residents associations have repeatedly called on council to prioritise replacing of obsolete water pipes, most of which are more than three decades old.

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