The Harare City Council is set to reduce its energy bill by 50 percent at Morton Jaffray Waterworks when it completes the ongoing plant and equipment rehabilitation under the US$144 million China EximBank loan facility, an official has said.
Speaking during councillors’ tour of Morton Jaffray Waterworks in Harare on Friday, Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi said the installation of new equipment at the plant would see the city saving US$6 million annually on energy costs.
“The cost of energy is going to come down as a result of the work going on here. These pumps and the motors are going to be energy-efficient,” said Dr Mahachi.
“Currently, the Morton Jaffray electricity bill is US$1 million (per month) and this will be halved.” He said the ongoing rehabilitation had resulted in an improved water supply, allowing the city to supply water to Mabvuku/Tafara and other parts of the city.
“The rehabilitation process has resulted in an additional 72 megalitres of water, enabling us to supply Mabvuku/Tafara. We want to maintain 24 hours water supply in Mabvuku/Tafara for five days,” he said.
Dr Mahachi said that the city was in the process of installing 150 pressure-reducing valves, which had resulted in improved water supply through reduction of pipe bursts.
The latest development has seen the city’s water treatment plant producing 522 megalitres of water from 450 megalitres.
Extracted from The Herald Newspaper
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