Bulawayo water & sewer project nears completion

By Yolanda Moyo

The $US37 million Bulawayo Water and Sewer System Rehabilitation Project is nearing completion with hopes high that it will improve the city’s water and sewerage management system. 

There is marked progress in the Bulawayo Water and Sewer System Rehabilitation Project, with the local authority replacing water pumps at Ncema, Fernhill and Inyakuni booster pump stations thanks to government intervention.

The project, which was made possible through a partnership between government and the African Development Bank, has seen the 175 kilometre water pipe being upgraded.

“The implementation has been delayed due to COVID-19 effects. The project has opened up development in areas such as Garikai/Hlanani Kuhle. We requested for an extension because if this project is not complete, it will affect the pumps that we installed. If the project is complete we can finally commission it,” said Engineer Sikhumbuzo Ncube, Acting Director Engineering Services – Bulawayo City Council.

Bulawayo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube is grateful to the bank for availing funds for the project which has brought a new lease of life in the city.

“I am very pleased with the work that has been done under the BSSWIP and from touring the sites it is evident that a lot has been done. Pumps installed 78 years ago have been replaced improving efficiency in the pumping of water into the city. We are truly grateful to the government and the bank for channelling funds for this project, she said.

The development comes at a time when the Gwayi-Shangani Water project which is nearing completion is expected to bring a lasting solution to water challenges in the City of Bulawayo.