Lu­pane wa­ter woes set to end

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leo­nard Ncube Victoria Falls Re­porter

LU­PANE Town’s peren­nial wa­ter woes will soon be a thing of the past af­ter Trea­sury re­leased $350 000 for the com­ple­tion of a wa­ter treat­ment plant at Bubi-Lu­pane Dam.

The 40 mil­lion cu­bic me­tre dam in the Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal was com­mis­sioned in 2012 but hasn’t been sup­ply­ing wa­ter to res­i­dents be­cause of lack of pump­ing equip­ment hence peo­ple de­pended on bore­hole wa­ter.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate, Mr Prince Mu­pazvir­iho and Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Zinwa) of­fi­cials vis­ited Lu­pane on Fri­day to as­sess progress made so far fol­low­ing the re­lease of the funds last week. He said they tar­geted to start pump­ing wa­ter this week. “Our visit was a fol­low up to the project as we want to ex­pe­dite con­nec­tion of wa­ter to Lu­pane. We are work­ing flat out and if all goes ac­cord­ing to sched­ule we will start pump­ing be­fore the end of the week,” said Mr Mu­pazvir­iho.

Lu­pane Town has been hav­ing er­ratic wa­ter sup­plies as Zinwa has been fail­ing to sup­ply wa­ter ad­e­quately.

Res­i­dents de­pend on bore­hole wa­ter as Zinwa, which is re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing wa­ter to both Kusile Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil and Lu­pane Lo­cal Board, has been fail­ing to pump some wa­ter.

Mr Mu­pazvir­iho said engi­neers were work­ing flat out on the ground with con­nec­tions al­ready done. “Con­nec­tions have been made and engi­neers are busy work­ing to make sure every­thing is in place. We re­ceived more than $350 000 and that’s the money which we are us­ing to com­plete the project,” said the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary.

The dam is viewed as the panacea to the town’s wa­ter prob­lems which have de­layed the com­ple­tion of cap­i­tal projects and re­lo­ca­tion of Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. De­mand for wa­ter in Lu­pane has in­creased with re­lo­ca­tion of the Lu­pane State Univer­sity (LSU) man­age­ment and will fur­ther rise when stu­dents and lec­tur­ers re­lo­cate to the cam­pus at the end of this month.

The chair­per­son of Lu­pane Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Christo­pher Maz­ibisa, said they were hope­ful wa­ter prob­lems will be a thing of the past soon as res­i­dents wasted pre­cious time queue­ing at the few bore­holes at Lu­pane Cen­tre. — @ncubeleon

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