Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau -Chronicle (31 MAR, 2021)

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has temporarily introduced water rationing in Beitbridge town to avert a water crisis following a major electrical fault that occurred on an electricity transformer that powers its water treatment plant in the border town.

In a statement today, Zinwa said when the fault occurred on Tuesday most of the water reservoirs in the town were 50 percent full.

“We wish to advise stakeholders that the electricity transformer in the Beitbridge Water Treatment plant is down and consequently no water production is taking place,” said Zinwa.

“Reservoirs were at 50 percent of their full capacity when the transformer broke down. Reluctantly, Zinwa is rationing water to Beitbridge Municipality”.

The water authority said it had already engaged the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) to urgently rectify the problem.

Chronicle understands that the town requires an estimated 18 megalitres of water daily, but authorities have been failing to meet demand due to a lack of storage facilities.