Harare needs dams to solve water woes:Mayor Mafume

Albert Chavhunduka

City of Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has called for the urgent building of water reservoirs and dams to address the worsening water crisis situation in Harare.

“The water shortages in the major cities has been because we have not been building water reservoirs around the cities.

“Take for instance, the last dam to be built for greater Harare, Manyame dam was built in 1976 and since then no dam has been built,” said mayor Mafume.

“We have a settlement of one million people in Chitungwiza and no dam has been built. You cannot use boreholes to sustain such a big population, you need a dam.”

Mayor Mafume said the current dams around Harare are now smaller in capacity to service a huge population which has grown over the years and called for the building of water canals which will feed into the main dams.

“Lake Chivero was designed for 500 000 people, it’s now feeding Harare and the greater Harare area of 3 million people and that does not work. We could even build a canal system from the dams in Marondera right up to Ruwa and get fresh clean water for the eastern parts of Harare,” he said.

President Emerson Mnangagwa this week launched the Presidential Borehole Scheme in Chitungwiza to provide clean water for its residents in line with Vision 2030.

The initiative also compliments President Mnangagwa’s urban renewal agenda which is meant to eradicate water challenges in urban settlements.

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