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Zesa to install Gweru City US$80k transformer

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Zesa to install Gweru City US$80k transformer

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA 

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GWERU – The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has certified a two Megavolt-amperes transformer purchased by the City of Gweru for US$80 000 to improve Gwenhoro waterworks pumping capacity.

Gweru Mayor Martin Chivhoko confirmed the certification to The Mirror. He said they expect the pumping output to increase from 37 megalitres per day to 53 megalitres. The city requires 60 megalitres a day.

“We are happy that final tests are done and our newly purchased transformer has been certified. We hope it will be installed on Monday at the Gwenhoro water treatment plant. This development will see us improving the pumping capacity by another 16 megalitres and we want to reach 50-55 megalitres. However, we cannot rule out the issue of load-shedding by Zesa which is currently cutting power supplies to our pump houses,” he said.

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association director Cornelius Selipiwe welcomed the transformer.

He, however, said the local authority should prioritize water provision by allocating more devolution funds to water and repairing aging infrastructure.

“There is, however, a need for a complete overhaul of the whole water supply system to replace obsolete infrastructure. Our prayer is that the new transformer will work for us. We are also in the process of rehabilitating our Kopje reservoirs to improve our storage facilities. We have channeled US$330 000 devolution funds towards water reticulation in the 2024 budget,” he said.

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