MASVINGO City Council has secured a US$52 million Chinese loan to build a water treatment plant on the shores of Lake Mutirikwi.
Town Clerk, Adolf Gusha, confirmed the deal saying construction of the plant, due to start later this year, would help ease water shortages currently being experienced by residents.
The problem has seen the council rationing water in the city, with some suburbs getting supplies during the day while others are serviced by night.
Gusha said council was now only waiting for approval from State Procurement Board to start importing equipment required for the project.
"The water plant we are using at the moment is only pumping half of what the whole town requires; we are supplying the city with 24 mega litres instead of 48 mega litres per day," said Gusha.
"The Chinese company has given us a loan whose tenure is 20 years at around two percent interest and we will start construction as soon as equipment is brought in."
City engineer Tawanda Gozo explained that China-based CAMC Engineering Company Ltd sourced the funds from the Chinese government adding the company's engineers would, therefore, be responsible for construction of the plant.
Meanwhile, Gusha denied allegations the city council, at one time, pumped untreated water into the city's supply system and revealed that the local authority was using about $134,000 per month on treatment chemicals.