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Zimbabwe: Relief As Water Comes to Mabvuku, Tafara

Harare — Residents of Mabvuku, Tafara and other suburbs who endured the past two years without water, were surprised at the weekend when water started running through taps and promised to pay their water bills on condition council maintains regular supplies.
Many thought they were living a dream and alerted their neighbours to check whether no one was playing a prank on them. Indeed, the city council had managed to restore water supplies albeit for the weekend only.
Engineers in the water and sanitation department confirmed that Mabvuku and Tafara had received water following the throttling of supplies to Chitungwiza. According to the new scheduled, rotational water demand management plan, Mabvuku and Tafara would get water every weekend and on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week until the water situation improves.
The sight of water engineers driving up and down the streets of Mabvuku and Tafara for the first time in two years was also a huge relief as the residents could at least relate with the people who give them water.
Clr Casper Takura said residents were upbeat with progress made by the newly-formed Harare Water and Sanitation Department. He, however, said the availability of water in the two suburbs had exposed the damage that had happened to the water reticulation system.
"When people were digging out wells, they destroyed the piping system. It was evident at the weekend when a record number of bursts were recorded. "I am actually going to Town House to talk to Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi and Mayor Mr Muchadeyi Masunda to increase the workforce in the two suburbs. We also want new pipes to replace the broken ones," he said.
Residents alike who said they had enjoyed a hassle-free weekend as they did not have to fetch water from unprotected dugout wells, shared their councillor's joy.
Mrs Emilia Kamanura of Mabvuku said she was happy to draw water from the tap. "Today I feel happy that I can fetch water from the tap again because it was painful for me to get water from other people's places. Those with wells were charging us US$1 for a 25-litre bucket. At least now I can fill up my containers and wait until the next time we get more water," she said.
Mrs Maureen Kadowonda praised the good work by council and expressed hope that supplies would be continuous. "At least I will not buy water from others. It was too expensive. Now I feel compelled to pay my water bills to council," she said.
According to the city's water status report, Harare's biggest water reservoirs at Letombo were yesterday 73 percent full -- a development that ensures that areas like Athlone, Amby, Greendale, Ruwa, Epworth, Msasa Park and Hatfield also got some water.
The University of Zimbabwe was expected to get water yesterday afternoon after the introduction of two pumps from Orange Groove to Highlands.

Chitungwiza, the southern and western suburbs had water yesterday.
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