Harare has been hit by massive water shortages due to scarcity of water treatment chemicals.
Residents went without water for days, with reports indicating that some areas have not had running water in the past week.
Harare City Council in a notice said that it has been forced to reduce water production because it is facing challenges in procuring water chemicals necessary for purification.
In a statement on Facebook, Harare City Council said:
“The City of Harare would like to advise residents that we are currently facing challenges in the procurement of water chemicals. This has seen us being forced to reduce water production. We will give updates as and when the situation improves.”
Harare City Council started drawing water from Lake Manyame with the migration from Lake Chivero to Manyame expecting to reduce the number of chemicals used to treat water from nine to three making it cost effective.
The City of Harare says $40 million is required to purchase chemicals against a monthly collection of about $20 million.
In February 2020, Harare City Council reportedly owed $80 million debt to local suppliers of water treatment chemicals.
Harare City Council was forced to cut off water supplies after it failed to settled the debt. Council followed advice from Government and contracted Chemplex Corporation to supply water treatment chemicals.
Government had advised Council to contract Chemplex Corporation after city fathers contended they were failing to get foreign currency for imported supplies.
Harare City Council imported eight treatment chemicals at US$3 million per month.
Some sections of Morton Jaffray Water Works , including clarifiers and filters, are undergoing rehabilitation. The Government injected $37,4 million last year to improve water access and waste water treatment in Harare.
The plant has three waterworks stations, the first one was built in 1954, the second in 1972 and the other in 1994.