Mutare to face water crisis in 10 years

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Mutare (New Ziana) – The eastern border city of Mutare may face serious water shortages in the next 10 years, as water levels in its supply rivers are dwindling due to climate change, among other reasons.

The city currently draws its water from Pungwe and Odzani rivers.

Declining water levels has been attributed by experts to climate change-induced droughts being experienced frequently in the country, and the entire Southern African region.

Acting Mutare city council town clerk, Blessing Chafesuka said the municipality had realized that water levels in its supply rivers were dwindling.

“We have realized that water levels in our supply rivers is dwindling. So this year, we are doing feasibility studies for (the) Osborne water project with a view to using it to look for funding because it’s a capital intensive project,” he said.

“We need to start it now because in the next 10 years, there will be (a) serious water crisis in the city. There is going to be feasibility studies particularly targeting Osborne water project,” said Chafesuka.

Mutare has a population of about 260 000 people, according to the 2012 census.

The city`s population is rapidly expanding due to the massive rural to town migration, resulting in high demand for water.

At the moment, there are areas in the city, such as Dangamvura, Hobhouse, Chikanga Phase 3 and Zimta Park, which have no council water services.
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