Old pumps fuel Gweru water problems

via Old pumps fuel Gweru water problems – NewsDay Zimbabwe. 23 June 2014 by Stephen Chadenga

DESPITE supply dams being at almost full capacity, Gweru continues to face water problems as a result of ageing pumps, a local councillor has said.


According to Ward 4 councillor Kenneth Sithole, the city’s main water supply dams, Gwenoro and Amapongokwe, were at 98% capacity, but taps in most parts of the suburbs were dry because of problems caused by obsolete pumps.

Sithole made the remarks last Friday at a Federation of Africa
Media Women in Zimbabwe-organised community engagement meeting in Gweru.

“Our dams might be full, but pumping is a problem. We have obsolete pumps, some of which have been in use for more than 30 years. At Gwenoro, we have three pumps, but one pump operates at a time. But if we can have all the three pumps operating, water can be accessed by all parts of the city,” Sithole said.

Sithole appealed to residents to pay the $20 once-off pump levy, saying the fee would go a long way in addressing the city’s water pumping capacity.

In April, residents’ associations resisted council’s move to pay the $20 levy, saying it had not been done in consultation and should be broken down in instalments.



  • comment-avatar
    Mlimo 9 years ago

    Can’t these clowns fix anything?

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    Justice 9 years ago

    No but they can break everything.

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    Senzachena 9 years ago

    Dont pay the “once off pump levy”, you know the money will be stolen!

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    chimbwanana 9 years ago

    A!A!A! What is this, they joking with lives of people, what does this mean, only corruption aiming nothing else. They are to take advantage of of the poor. Gweru city council has never achieved anything despite robbing people with unfair terr ifs