19 February 2016

Zimbabwe: Bleak Weekend As Harare Will Have No Water and Electricity Supplies

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Urban Zimbabweans are struggling with water shortages.

HARARE residents will spend this weekend without water and electricity after council and power utility Zesa announced that supplies would be interrupted due to on-going maintenance.

Harare City Council said the rehabilitation and upgrading water connections that started two weeks ago will be continuing this weekend.

In a statement, the council said as from February 19th to 23rd Morton Jaffray Water Works would be shut down and there will be a reduction in daily water supplies by 50 mega litres for 48 hours.

"A series of partial and complete shutdown will be done to allow major rehabilitation works or connections into existing supply infrastructure to be carried at Morton Jaffary Waterworks under phase 1," reads the statement.

"The works are aimed at improving reliability of water supply."

Residents are urged to make contingent plans and keep enough water in containers to last the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) also announced that there will be blackouts in some parts of Harare on Sunday 21st February 2016 between 0600hrs and 1800hrs.

The affected areas are Mufakose, Budiriro, Glen View, Highfield, Adbernnie, Houghton Park, Glen Norah, Rugare, Westwood, Workington, Willowvale, Kambuzuma, Aspindale, ZFC, Crowborough, Kuwadzana, Cold Comfort, Warren Park, Lenana Park, Matidoda, Tynwald North & South, Spitzkop, Dzivarasekwa, Mount Hampden Farming Area, Gwebi College, Greencroft, Marlborough, Adyllin, Westgate, Sunridge, Bluffhill, Avonlea, Grannary, Rydale Ridge, Whitecliffe, Lake Chivero Area.

All wires must be treated as live during this maintenance period, the statement warned.

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