Gwanda North bemoans critical water challenges

By ZBC Reporter
THE District Development Fund (DDF) says it has come up with strategies to address the worsening climate change-induced water challenges in Matabeleland south province.
With the availability of groundwater as a source for the precious liquid largely depends on surface geology and climate, the existence of granite stone in the northern parts of Gwanda and low rainfall has resulted in perennial water challenges.
Community leaders who met in Nkazhe this Thursday say there is a need for the government and its partners to urgently intervene in tackling the deepening crisis.
The DDF provincial technician Engineer, Joseph Dube said the organisation requires funding to desilt dams and invest in piped water schemes.
“We have drawn up proposals as a province that we will submit to our headquarters for funding. We believe in training communities to harvest water, we also intend to desilt dams we have the technical know-how and human resources, our plan also entails investing in piped water schemes,” said the Matabeleland South, DDF provincial water technician Engineer Joseph Dube.
Experts concur that harnessing water for domestic and agricultural use to mitigate the effects of climate change is the way to go.
These recommendations come as the country is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall this summer cropping season.

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