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Harare has 25 months of water supply in its dams: Dr Masuka

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  • The Minster of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka yesterday told Parliament that Government had also started an unprecedented project to do ten dams this year and we will be commissioning three.

By Nompumelelo Sibanda

THE abundant rains received across the country have ensured that most towns now have at least fourteen months’ supply of water in their dams, with Harare now water-safe for the next 25 months.

The Minster of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka yesterday told Parliament that Government had also started an unprecedented project to construct ten dams this year and we will be commissioning three.

Dr. Masuka spoke in response to MDC-T legislator Dr. Thokozani Khupe, who wanted to know what measures Government has put in place to ensure that water is harvested particularly in urban areas in the form of surface runoff harvesting and rooftop rain water harvesting.

“At a broader national level Government has the accelerated dam construction project and not just in view of drinking water but also agricultural and industrial water,” said the Agriculture Minister. 

“It is in this regard that we have started an unprecedented project to do ten dams this year and we will be commissioning three,” he added.

Dr. Khupe worried that even though the rains have been abundant this year, Government had no control over nature and a dry season could easily bring back water rationing in many cities if water was not harvested.

Dr. Masuka said climate change was real and the water situation will get worse in the decades ahead if there were no plans to harvest water.

“We need to inculcate a culture of water harvesting.  It is in this regard that in the Accelerated Irrigation and Rehabilitation Master Plan, we have encouraged local investments in roof top water harvesting techniques. 

“I think everyone must get into this culture of harvesting the scarce water that we get.”

Dr. Masuka added that currently, the water situation was convincing.

“Most of the towns because of the abundant rains have enough water in their dams to supply 14 months and above.  Bulawayo has 14 months supply in its dam.

“Harare has got 25 months supply and we are quite pleased with that,” he said. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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