Zimbabwe: Masvingo Suffers Crippling Water Shortages

December 23, 2013 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Water, Daily Email Recap

Zimbabwe: Masvingo Suffers Crippling Water Shortages
See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201312210170.html

The town of Masvingo has had a water shortage for the last five days and most residents are now using water from boreholes and streams. The residents have expressed fears of a disease outbreak because of this.

The acting Town Clerk, Lovemore Tanyanyiwa, confirmed the shortages and said the pumping capacity has been adversely affected by the decreasing levels of water in the main supply dam, Mutirikwi.

The council uses two water pumps to draw water from Mutirikwi but the levels have so decreased that the other pump is no longer able to withdraw water. Tanyanyiwa told the media the remaining pump draws water at 50 percent capacity and could not meet demand.

Tongai Matutu, the former MDC-T MP for Masvingo Urban, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the population of the town has increased while the water available has remained the same since the town was built.

The infrastructure in Masvingo was constructed to accommodate 50,000 residents only, but the oldest town in the country now has a population of over 200,000. Matutu said the population of the town has been increasing rapidly, putting pressure on available services and facilities.

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