A bankable feasibility study for Kunzvi dam construction is in its final stages.

Its approval is touted as the solution to the capital’s water problems.

Hopes are that the City of Harare’s water woes will be a thing of the past with work on the site expected to commence by the end of the year.

Briefing members of parliament who were on a tour of ZINWA’s installations, ZINWA designs and constructions manager, Engineer Taurai Maurukira said Chinese firm, Sino-hydro has agreed a build, operate and transfer deal which will be less financially burdensome to the country’s fiscus.

The bankability feasibility study encompasses an assessment of the hydrological parameters, preparation of digital maps as well as optimum utilisation of the power potential of the site.

Engineer Maurukira noted that many bidders had vied and fell by the wayside for the multi-million dollar contract with expectations being construction will commence by the end of the year.

The construction of Kunzvi dam mainly consists of a 158.4 million cubic metres of storage capacity dam, a water treatment plant, two water pumping stations and a 55 km water conduit designed with a water supply capacity of 235 000 tonnes per day.

Plans to construct the dam have been in the works for more than 30 years but funding constrains have seen the project suffering a still birth.

The dam which will be upstream of the City of Harare will allow the city to make huge savings on water treatment chemicals as compared to Lake Chivero which is heavily polluted and is downstream of the capital.