Masvingo city is working to secure US$60 million to duplicate the city`s water system, following an increase in the demand for water due to growing urbanisation.

The growing urban population and industries in Masvingo has seen the water supplies falling short, resulting in permanent water rationing.

According to city engineer, Tawanda Gozo, the local authority is pumping out 30 mega litres a day against the required 45 mega litres.

“The shortfall means that we have had to limit the water we supply and we have tried to prioritize industry,” he said.

According to Masvingo Town Clerk, Mr Adolf Gusha, US$60 000 is required for the dualisation of the water system.

He added that council has already applied for a loan from China to implement the project.

“Yes we have applied for the loan but we are now waiting for central government to approve the loan,” he said.

Masvingo Mayor, Councillor Collin Maboke as well as the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira pledged to work together in pursuing the approval of the loan by central government.

Provision of sufficient water is key if the city is to attract investors under the devolution thrust.