Zimbabwe's capital runs dry after running out of water treatment chemicals

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HARARE, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Harare City Council on Thursday announced a projected 16-hour unscheduled complete shutdown at its Morton Jaffray Waterworks with effect from 6 p.m. till around 10 a.m. on Friday after it ran out of a major water treatment chemical.

"Please be advised that we have no choice but to shut down Morton Jaffray at about 1800 hours today due to stock-out of aluminum sulphate, the major water treatment chemical," the council said in a notice to residents.

It said that the supplying company had warned on Oct. 11 that it had run out of bauxite, the primary raw material used to manufacture aluminum sulphate, and needed assistance with nearly 2.6 million Zimbabwe dollars required for tax to import 1,000 tons of the commodity.

The company had on Wednesday said that the required amount had been paid, but the suppliers were waiting for proof of payment before dispatching the chemicals.

"They have confirmed this morning (Thursday) that logistics are now in motion to get the bauxite at their Msasa factory at about 6 pm today and commence production of alum immediately," it said.

The council said the first load of alum was expected at 6 a.m. on Friday and a further four hours would be required before pumping of treated water resumed.

Residents were thus going to experience reduced supplies throughout the day on Thursday before the complete shutdown scheduled for 6 p.m. Enditem

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