Villages benefit from Chahwanda solar piped water scheme

By Tapiwa Machemedze

MORE than 4 000 people are benefitting from the Chahwanda solar-piped water scheme in Mount Darwin which has transformed the water, sanitation and hygiene situation in the area.

The scheme established by Pfura Rural District Council and development partners has come with positive change in Ward 15 which encountered diarrheal diseases from 2019 to 2020 due to unsafe drinking water.

”I am so happy with this scheme because we used to walk long distances to get water and now we have clean water at our disposal,” said Muchinesu Fungidza, a villager.

“Even when we came to the clinic we could not get water to drink with our medication or we would have to go far to get it but now we just open the tap,” said Elizabeth Musandirire another villager.

The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Implementation of Government Programmes, Dr Joram Gumbo, who assessed the project this Thursday, highlighted the government’s commitment to implementing people-centred projects.

“The thrust of improved water supply during the NDS1 period hinges on ensuring that the proportion of the country’s population using secure and portable water sources increases,” he said.

“The strategy is to increase access to portable water from 77.3 percent to at least 90 percent by 2025.”

The project commissioned in January, is the fifth such scheme in Mount Darwin.

“As a province we are happy with development projects being done for us. It shows our leader is a listening President,” said Senator Monica Mavhunga, Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.

In addition to 630 households, the Chahwanda water project services five villages, two schools, a clinic and a business centre.