Car­i­tas com­mis­sions $10k for so­lar piped wa­ter cen­tre in Son­tala

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

CAR­I­TAS, a de­vel­op­ment arm of the Ro­man Catholic Church has com­mis­sioned a $10 000 so­lar piped wa­ter cen­tre at Son­tala vil­lage, Ward 12, in Ma­tobo Dis­trict.

More than 100 house­holds in the vil­lage in Mata­bele­land South prov­ince will get wa­ter from the cen­tre.

Vil­lagers had been walk­ing dis­tances of up to 10 km to fetch wa­ter from un­pro­tected sources, which they shared with an­i­mals.

Car­i­tas de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Mr Wel­come Sibanda said the project was the first of its kind in the dis­trict.

“A few months after we re­ha­bil­i­tated and com­mis­sioned a dam here at Son­tala, a weir in Mbe­m­beswana in Ward 11, we are pleased to hand over our third pledge here in ward 12 again.”

“The peo­ple of Son­tala vil­lage have ap­pre­ci­ated the as­sis­tance by Car­i­tas and we will con­tinue to work with them. There was in­ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in the area due to sil­ta­tion and we re­alised there was need for a piped wa­ter scheme,” said Mr Sibanda.

He said most ex­ist­ing wa­ter sources were too far away from vil­lages and were un­safe.

“This project is in line with the strate­gic de­vel­op­men­tal goals of Zim-As­set which re­quire that peo­ple get clean wa­ter and they have it close to them. We have started on a se­cond sim­i­lar project in an­other vil­lage. Vil­lagers are us­ing one bore­hole which is very far from home­steads and bad in terms of long queues,” said Mr Sibanda.

Ward 12 coun­cil­lor, Mrs Nomhle Nkundla said vil­lagers could now pro­duce crops as they have been availed with a wa­ter cen­tre.

She said vil­lagers are fac­ing star­va­tion after a poor rainy sea­son and the wa­ter cen­tre is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment.

“Vil­lagers have been de­pend­ing on rivers which used to dry up be­fore the rainy sea­son and there would be in­ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in the re­gion. This wa­ter cen­tre comes at a most ap­pro­pri­ate time,” she said.

Last year, Car­i­tas com­mis­sioned a dam at Son­tala com­mu­nity in the same dis­trict which cost over $20,000, aimed at al­le­vi­at­ing floods and drought chal­lenges in the arid Dis­trict.

They also com­mis­sioned a weir (small dam struc­ture) in Mbe­m­beswana.

The dam pro­vides wa­ter for an ir­ri­ga­tion scheme through a sand degra­da­tion process.

It uses so­lar en­ergy to pump wa­ter into a tank which then dis­trib­utes it to more than 10 taps in the gar­den.

—@win­nie_­masara

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