An estimated $30 million is required for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Gweru sewer treatment plants.

Gweru is one of the fastest growing towns which has developed more than three new suburbs such as Woodlands Park, Claire Mount and Hertifordshire in the past five years bringing joy to residents who have been on the housing waiting list for years.

While the expansion of the town has been a relief for residents for the local authority it has become a nightmare as the population boom is now burdening the city’s sewer and water reticulation systems.

Gweru town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza said $30 million is required to rehabilitate the city’s entire sewerage treatment system.

Despite financial constraints the local authority with the help of a Germany Development Corporation has already started rehabilitating its sewer ponds at a total cost of more than $200 000, said Ms Gwatipedza.

Efforts are also being made to get partners to assist in the rehabilitation and upgrading of Kamprisia and Outfall treatment plants.