Bulawayo agrees to pro­vide Mbun­dane with wa­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Bulawayo City Coun­cil has agreed to a $2,1 mil­lion project to con­nect wa­ter and sewer ser­vices to sub­urbs on the out­skirts of the city that fall un­der Umguza Ru­ral District Coun­cil.

Sub­urbs that in­clude Mbun­dane, Emthun­zini and Em­gan­wini West have been oper­at­ing with­out the crit­i­cal ameni­ties, ex­pos­ing res­i­dents to health risks.

The city coun­cil is, how­ever, not keen to con­sult res­i­dents over the issue as it sus­pects they will ob­ject to the idea, reads the lat­est coun­cil re­port.

The lo­cal author­ity, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, re­solved to con­nect wa­ter and sewer ser­vices to 66 000 hous­ing units and will re­coup its in­vest­ment through wa­ter billing.

The coun­cil said it will im­ple­ment pre-paid wa­ter me­ters which were re­jected in Bulawayo for the project.

“The di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices (En­gi­neer Simela Dube) ad­vised that there was a need to con­nect wa­ter and sewer sup­ply to 66 000 hous­ing stands in the whole of Range­more, an area which was ad­min­is­tered by Umguza Ru­ral District Coun­cil. The ar­eas in­cluded Mbun­dane, Emthun­zini, and Em­gan­wini West etc,” reads the re­port.

“Through a coun­cil res­o­lu­tion Umguza Ru­ral District Coun­cil had agreed to ap­point Bulawayo City Coun­cil to pro­vide wa­ter and take over the wa­ter billing while Umguza Ru­ral District Coun­cil would pro­vide main roads and col­lect rates.”

The coun­cil said the in­fra­struc­ture for the project will cost about $2.1 mil­lion.

“In re­sponse to ques­tions the di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices ex­plained that the project amount to be raised for this in­vest­ment was $1,2 mil­lion for wa­ter and $1,9 mil­lion for sewage to meet the im­me­di­ate re­quire­ments in 2017 and 2018,” read the min­utes.

The Act­ing Town Clerk Mrs Sikhangele Zhou said the deal will be good for the city say­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the sub­urbs had a bear­ing on Bulawayo.

“The Act­ing Town Clerk ad­vised that although the ar­eas Range­more, Mbun­dane, Emthun­zini were ad­min­is­tered by Umguza Ru­ral District Coun­cil there was need to pro­vide such ser­vices to the ar­eas as they looked to Bulawayo as its main ser­vice cen­tre. Ab­sence of proper wa­ter and sewage sys­tem posed a health haz­ard not only in these ar­eas but to Bulawayo res­i­dents as well,” the re­port reads. — @ nqot­shili

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