Solar installation on boreholes gives joy to St Mary’s residents

By ZBC Reporter

Residents of St Mary’s in Chitungwiza are grateful to the Second Republic for guaranteeing safe drinking water in the area after sinking solar-powered boreholes under the Presidential Boreholes Scheme.

For the past 20 years, the residents of St Mary’s have not had safe drinking water under successive opposition-led councils, but the Second Republic has turned a new page which has seen boreholes being sunk to provide tap water in a short space of time in the area.

The residents are excited about the convenience and guarantee of safe water that the boreholes scheme has brought to the community.

“The borehole is helping a lot of people as it is helping about half of the Constituency here in Ward 3. We are happy about the borehole tap water that has come to us in St Mary’s. We are expecting more boreholes to be drilled,” a resident said.

Another said, “The water in now there and convenient…anytime you come the water will be there.”

“We thank the President for this move. We need more boreholes to come,” another added.

Under the Presidential Borehole Drilling Scheme, Harare and Chitungwiza are expected to benefit from more than 200 solar-powered boreholes, with another 20 being sunk in Marondera.

Besides St Mary’s in Chitungwiza, residents of Glen View in Harare are also benefitting from the boreholes scheme.

Most urban areas have struggled to access portable water regularly due to failure by opposition-led local authorities to put their priorities right.