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Harare City Council left with 100 million litres of water

by Mandla Ndlovu
23 Apr 2019 at 13:23hrs | Views
Harare City Council has announced it can only afford water supply of 100 million litres against a daily average of 450 million litres.

The handicap has been necessitated by the lack of foreign currency to purchase water cleaning chemicals from South Africa.

The Council recently came under fire from residents who are questioning why the Council is failing to manufacture the chemicals locally.

The Council has announced that it is in consultation with the Reserve Bank to access the much-needed forex.

Read the council's full statement below:
Harare City Council has enhanced engagement with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe over the timely release of forex to companies that import water treatment chemicals from South Africa and China.

Currently our water production is very depressed. We are managing only 100 million litres against a daily average of 450 million litres.

Our available stocks of chlorine gas can only last us for two days.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has promised to release an initial US$150 000 towards the importation of chlorine gas. We use a tonne of chlorine gas daily.

Chlorine is used as a disinfectant to kill bacteria in the water.

The City requires US$3 million every month for the purchase of water purification chemicals.

The other chemicals we use are activated carbon for removing odours, alum sulphate and sodium silicate for removing solid particles, lime for pH regulation, sulphiric acid to reduce pH, HTH for removing algae and ammonia for chlorine retentionin the reticulation system.

Stocks of the other chemicals are also at depressed levels.

Source - Byo24News