AusAID, World Vision and Dabane Trust have partnered the Bulawayo City Council in rehabilitating the Ncema Water Works in a bid to improve the quality of water being supplied to the city.
Speaking at a media tour of the Ncema Water Works organised by World Vision on Wednesday, council engineer Everson Ncube said the local authority collaborated with the non-governmental organisations to launch the chemical dosage scheme between October and December last year at a cost of $362 000. He said this was followed by the currently on-going clarifier rehabilitation scheme that needs $993 000 to be completed.
A clarifier is a water tank used to store un-purified water.
Brian Sibanda, an engineer in the city’s engineering department said the run down equipment that has been lying idle at Ncema is also contributing to the water shedding that Bulawayo is currently experiencing.
“The City Council regrets the inaction of half of its clarifiers here at Ncema due to the rehabilitation as that has contributed to water shortages in the city of Bulawayo. But we hope the rehabilitation process will not only increase water supply but will also enable the city to have the most pure water as compared to other cities,” said Sibanda.
The Ncema Water Works rehabilitation process is part of the Bulawayo Water and Sanitation Emergency Response (BOWSER) project that has been going on in the city since 2010 to ensure that residents have clean piped water and a functioning sewer system.