Masvingo City supplies muddy water while under investigation for same mistake

by | Mar 23, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

Residents in Runyararo, Mucheke, and Chesvingo suburbs last night woke up at 10 pm to store up their water ration only to see muddy water coming out of the taps.

This is the second time MCC has pumped muddy water to residents within a space of three months.

Masvingo City Council is under probe for the first time they supplied dirty water for five days.

The last time in January 2021, city council said it was because of a discharge rerouting malfunction after routine reservoir cleaning.

This time, City of Masvingo says the dirty water was caused by a pipe burst

Acting Town clerk Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa said when reports came in about the pipe bursts it was already midnight.

The 450 mm in diameter main pipe carries water directly from the Bushmead-Target Kopje pump.

“The pipe burst was attended to from 9 am to 5 pm in the evening and when they had finished, the mud that had found its way in the pipes was completely flushed before supplying into the reticulation,” said Eng. Mukaratirwa.

He said the cleaning exercise should be complete by day-end March 22.

When asked if the areas that received their rations in muddy water would get a resupply he said the ration programme would repeat with Muchele, Chesvingo and Runyararo Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

This all happened while residents are still enraged by the 700 percent increase in rates by Council.

As if it was enough, Local Residents Associations handed in reports today to the commission that is investigating on the first time Council supplied muddy water for five days.

The Town clerk has wielded an axe on town engineer Tawanda Gozo, suspending him for six months over failure to fix water problems that have become part of the ancient city’s identity.