The development of more than 5 000 houses in Masvingo is under threat from a looming shortage of water.
The municipality is battling to meet demand owing to falling water levels in Lake Mutirikwi, which is Masvingo’s sole water source. The lake is about 16 percent full and the city has been struggling to meet surging demand for water.
There are growing fears within council that the development of over 5 000 houses in Zimre Park in Clovelly, Hillside Extension in Mucheke and Victoria Ranch would worsen an already dire situation as demand for water will increase.
Masvingo town clerk Mr Adolph Gusha confirmed that the water would not be enough to meet the demand in the new suburbs. “At current pumping levels, the water that we have will not be enough to meet the demand if the new three suburbs come on board,” said Mr Gusha. “Already we are struggling to meet demand for water for households that we have so we are trying to run around to make sure that we improve the water supply.”
Mr Gusha said council hoped that the imminent rollout of the 7 km water pipeline expansion project at the Lake Mutirikwi water abstraction point would partially ease the looming water shortages.
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