Government, private sector partner to drill boreholes in Bulawayo

By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo in Bulawayo
GOVERNMENT has partnered some private players to drill boreholes in Bulawayo starting next month in a development expected to address water challenges in the city.
The water crisis in Bulawayo has raised alarm bells, especially with the realisation that the next rainfall season is still far away.
Residents are currently experiencing a minimum of 120 hours with no water, raising concern that the situation is likely to get severe in a couple of months time.
Government has therefore partnered some private players to drill boreholes in the city starting next month in what is expected to be a short term mitigatory measure.
Speaking to the Zbc News after a borehole sight identification programme in Magwegwe, Lobengula, Pumula South and Nkulumane suburbs, the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Honourable Judith Ncube, noted that it was no longer time to sit back and relax as the shortage of water was seriously altering people’s lives.
“This programme is meant to try and address the water challenges facing Bulawayo. We cannot blame anyone on this matter as we did not receive enough rainfall this year. As I was doing my rounds in the city, people’s lives have virtually stopped. They now crowd to get the water thus I took the initiative to engage other interested players to assist us drill boreholes around Bulawayo so as to avert the water problem. Currently, we have a crisis,” she said.
Residents and community leaders praised the initiative.
The unavailability of water in the city has seen residents queuing in search of the precious liquid, therefore, sacrificing social distancing guidelines in the process.

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