The Victoria Falls Municipality says water shortages facing the resort town can only be resolved through the proposed handover of water management rights from the Zimbabwe National Water Management Authority (ZINWA) to the local authority.

The recent water shortages in the country’s tourism capital Victoria Falls has seen renewed calls by the residents and the local authority for the transfer of water management rights from ZINWA to council.

The tourism community and local authority are convinced that the authority has capacity to pump, treat and distribute water on its own.

Victoria Falls Municipality Town Clerk, Mr Ronnie Dube  said he believes addressing the water management rights and improvement of service delivery remains critical in enhancing the attractiveness of the tourism town.

“We are a tourist’s destination and the sector is fragile. Erratic water supply is not good for the destination hence the need to come up with a holistic approach is addressing the water challenges,”said Mr Dube.

Meanwhile the local authority said it is still pursuing the US$14 million Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme which seeks to expand the water system infrastructure and improve supply of the special liquid.

The multi-million-dollar project is also expected to see the rehabilitation of water infrastructure and construction of new reservoirs.