By Tafadzwa Mukome
Water and Sanitation challenges are some of the key strategies identified under the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) which is now on course with a target to complete projects such as the Zambezi Water Pipeline Project .
In the 2021 budget government allocated $ZWL 4,5 billion dollars to the construction of the Gwayi-Shangani dam which is expected to be complete by December this year as part of the Zambezi Water Project and in partial fulfillment of the NDS1.
Speaking at the combined groundbreaking ceremony of the Gwayi-Shangani pipeline and the commissioning of the Epping Forest Bulawayo Water Augmentation Project in Umguza Nyamandlovu yesterday , President Emmerson Mnangagwa , said his administration will ensure that project becomes a reality .
“Earlier this morning i had the privilege to perform the ground-breaking of the Gwayi-Shangani-Bulawayo Water Pipeline project. This marks the much awaited commencement of the National Matebeleland Zambezi Water Pipeline Project . The Zambezi Water Project was identified way back in 1912 as a long term solution to the water challenges faced in the region. This will become a reality during this Government.”
The Gwayi -Shangani pipeline will supply water to Bulawayo , Lupane, Tsholotsho and Umguza districts along the pipeline.
“Government allocated ZWL 535 million towards the commencement of work on the 245 kilometer long Gwayi-Shangani to Bulawayo Pipeline , whose completion is expected by December 2022. On completion the pipeline will have the capacity to convey in excess of 160 000 megalitres of water to Bulawayo annually a development that will improve the water and sanitation requirements of the city. In addition , the karge volume of water from the project will propel irrigation activities along the pipeline route in parts of Tsholotsho , Lupane and Umguza Districts. ”
An additional ZWL$205 million was allocated to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to work in partnership with government in the drilling and equipping of 10 boreholes under the Epping Forest project which is now complete.
“The Epping Forest Water Supply Project , is a culmination of hard work and close collaboration between my government , inclusive of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) and the City of Bulawayo . This event thus attests to the power of a shared vision , unity of purpose and hard work.”
This also comes after the successful completion of the Rochester Project which will supply Bulawayo with a combined 20 m/l of water from the underground water sources thereby easing water woes in the city.