Zibagwe RDC drills 233 bore­holes un­der Unicef WASH

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi Mid­lands Reporter

ZIBAGWE Ru­ral District Coun­cil has sunk 233 bore­holes un­der a Unicef water and san­i­ta­tion hy­giene (WASH) ini­tia­tive in a de­vel­op­ment that has en­sured the pro­vi­sion of safe water for vil­lagers.

The RDC’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Farayi Machaya said the part­ner­ship with Unicef started in 2013.

He said toi­lets have also been con­structed in schools and vil­lages un­der the pro­gramme.

“As from 2013 up to the present day we have man­aged to sink and re­ha­bil­i­tate 233 bore­holes in Zibagwe ru­ral area. We man­aged to re­ha­bil­i­tate 20 bore­holes in each and ev­ery ward and we in­stalled a so­lar pow­ered water pump in the Den­dera area of Silo­bela which is sup­ply­ing water to clin­ics, schools and about 250 house­holds,” said Mr Machaya.

“Vil­lagers are plant­ing crops all year round us­ing this so­lar pump and this has re­duced food short­ages.”

He said as part of ef­forts to erad­i­cate open defe­ca­tion, ev­ery house­hold in 10 wards had a toi­let built as part of im­prov­ing hy­giene.

“We have also built 54 toi­lets at dif­fer­ent schools in ward 16 and ward 18 which has tran­scended to dif­fer­ent house­holds in 10 vil­lages in an at­tempt to im­prove hy­giene in the district,” he said.

Mr Machaya said the district has since trained com­mu­nity mem­bers as en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers.

— @patiemt­siwi.

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