Gweru water problems force schools to turn away learners
By Stephen Chadenga
The water crisis in Gweru has worsened, forcing some schools to send students home on the first day of reopening, NewsDay has learned.
Most of the high density suburbs of Gweru: Mkoba, Ascot, Mambo, Mtapa and Senga went without water for more than a week.
Muwunga and Sandara Primary Schools in Ascot have turned away pupils citing the water crisis and the potential for congestion in sanitation facilities.
In a statement, the council said the water supply was expected to resume tomorrow after repairs to the main line.
“We are not pumping at the Gwenoro water plant, repairs on the main line are still ongoing,” the council said.
“Therefore, normal pumping will resume tomorrow (Tuesday) as soon as the repairs are completed.”
Contacted for comment, the executive director of the Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Development Association Trust, David Chikore, said occasional water problems due to aging infrastructure were likely to put the town at risk of waterborne disease.
“Water problems from power cuts and aging infrastructure are a recipe for a health disaster in the Midlands capital,” Chikore said.
In January this year, Zesa Holdings cut power to Gweru Town Council due to an unpaid debt of $240 million.
In May last year, the electric utility shut down the council’s water treatment plants for a debt of $143,249,129. Power was restored after the local authority committed to a $13 million per month payment plan.
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