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Zimbabwe to expand Victoria Falls water supply system

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) is set to undertake an expansion project on key aspects of the Victoria Falls water supply system

The proposed project coincides with the forthcoming UNWTO conference, which is set to be held in August 2013.

As part of Zimbabwe's preparations to successfully co-host the UNWTO conference, the project is expected to offer long-term value to the Victoria Falls water supply system.

"As council, we discussed the issue of raising water capacity and a new water station was suggested,” said Victoria Falls mayor, Nkosilathi Jiyane.

According to a ZINWA planning manager, the expansion plans will include deepening the existing raw water abstraction channel in the banks of the Zambezi River.

Plans will also be underway for the construction of a new pump station at the Zambezi and booster pump-stations, while the pumping capacity will be upgraded from the current 900 cu/m per hour to 1,500 cu/m per hour.

"Council has since agreed to go-ahead with the project. We are confident that the project would be complete before the UNWTO meeting. But the pump station would be used long after the event is over," added Jiyane.

“Currently, we are planning on a population of 750,000 people and it might grow hence the need of a new pump station.”

Wallace Mawire


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