By Peter Chivhima
GOVERNMENT is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the availability of safe drinking water at a time environmentalists revealed that half a million litres of raw sewer is being discharged into main water sources.
After scathing revelations that major water sources across the country have been red zoned for pollution through raw sewage discharge, citizens have become more concerned than ever over their fate at a time city councils are grappling with service delivery
While tape water in areas such as Glenview is no longer safe, residents have resorted to costly sources.
“We have been buying water from water barons. So we with the intervention of our government,” said a resident.
“As a community, we are very grateful because we now have water in our households. We have been facing some problems here in terms of getting water,” added another.
Although construction of major dams and infrastructure revamping is on government priority schedule, as a stop gap measure borehole drilling initiatives have been intensified.
The Presidential borehole scheme has seen solar piped boreholes in Glenview 3 Suburb in Harare as part of the bigger picture
“We are complementing His Excellency’s vision of providing water to the residents. We are not only focusing on Glenview, but plans are on course to spread to other areas such as Budiriro. We are targeting 350 boreholes by the end of the year ” said Mr. Paul Tungwarara, CEO Prevail International.
Zanu PF Glenview 3 Shadow MP, Cde Martin Mambo expressed gratitude to the President for the intervention and urged residents to maintain the boreholes.
“Yes ,we want to thank President Emmerson Mnangagwa for remembering us through the provision of safe and reliable water for drinking. We have been facing challenges in terms of water, so we are happy. The water scheme brings water to households so it’s a good thing to our residents. I want to encourage residents to maintain these boreholes,” he said.
Other complementary measures to provide portable water include the construction of new water bodies such as Gwayi-Shangani and Kunzvi dams while units such as Zimbabwe National Water Authority and the District Development Fund are also spearheading borehole drilling programs countrywide.