By ZBC Reporter
THE Chinhoyi water crisis that led to a complete shutdown of supply during the festive season has now been resolved. The Chinhoyi water crisis that affected critical institutions such as the Chinhoyi Provincial hospital and left residents resorting to traditional sources of water such as wells and rivers has now been rectified. Chinhoyi town clerk Mr Maxwell Kaitano said the problem was caused by a breakdown of all the three raw water pumps at the town’s water pump station.
“The situation has now normalised. One pump developed a fault which led to the breakdown of the two other pumps but our engineers worked flat out and the three pumps are now working. In future we want to acquire stand-by pumps this has been a learning cave for us,” said Kaitano.
Speaking after an inspectorate tour of the waterworks station, Mashonaland West minister of state, Mary Mliswa apologised to the people of Chinhoyi for the water challenges and applauded the Chinhoyi municipality for rectifying the situation.
“I would like to apologise to the people of Chinhoyi for the water woes. As government we are capacitating local authorities through various interventions such as the devolution fund. We are happy Chinhoyi municipality has normalised the situation. We would like to urge our local authorities to make use of the devolution fund,”said minister Mliswa.
Earlier on, Minister Mliswa had led a provincial clean up exercise held in Gadzema in the town this Friday.
Most local authorities countrywide are battling to supply adequate water to residents mostly due to low water levels in water reservoirs, lack of foreign currency to purchase water treatment chemicals, water leakages due to old distribution channels and power outages.