Harare City Council (HCC) has announced that the recommissioning of the Morton Jaffray Treatment Plant is in progress.
In a statement, the local government authority said the plant was shut down after the council had failed to secure requisite water treatment chemicals on time. Reads the statement:
The City of Harare would like to advise it’s valued customers and stakeholders that the recommissioning of Morton Jaffray Treatment Plant is in progress after it was shutdown last night around 1750hrs.
The shutdown was due to challenges within the water treatment chemicals supply chain and compounded by recent inclement weather patterns in raw material source countries.
One load of liquid aluminium sulphate was received at 0610HRS this morning and four loads of granular aluminium sulphate are expected in the course of the day.
The initial target flow for Morton Jaffray is 200 mega litres and 65 mega litres for Prince Edward. The target flow will still affect a number of suburbs which will receive minimum to zero flow until more chemicals are received.
The city regrets any inconveniences caused.
The suppressed water production at Morton Jaffray and Prince Edward water treatment plants left most residential areas without water for a prolonged period of time. Harare City said efforts were being made to rectify the deficiencies. It urged stakeholders to use the available water sparingly.
Some residents, however, criticised the city fathers for poor communication saying they announce the shutdown of water treatment plants when they would already shut down instead of notifying stakeholders in advance.