13 April 2012

Zimbabwe: U.S.$550 Million for Dams

CHITUNGWIZA Municipality requires US$550 million to construct Nyatsime and Muda Dams to ease the water crisis in the town.

The municipality relies on Harare for its water and is often cut off because of failure to pay water bills. It owes Harare in excess of US$8 million in unpaid water bills.

Acting town clerk Mr Fungai Mbetsa said in a press statement that Chitungwiza has medium and long term plans to have its own water source. The council wants Harare to cede the Prince Edward Water Treatment Plant because it is situated in Chitungwiza.

The two dams and treatment plant are estimated to cost US$550 million and will have a yield of 110 megalitres a day.

Harare supplies 30 megalitres a day against a demand of 45 megalitres. This means that if Chitungwiza successfully implements its water project it will have an excess of 55 megalitres, which it can either sell to Harare or Epworth.

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