Tshit­shi vil­lagers raise money for water sys­tem

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

VIL­LAGERS from Tshit­shi Ward in Mangwe Dis­trict are rais­ing money to in­stal a piped water sys­tem to ad­dress a water short­age in their area that has seen pupils bring­ing the pre­cious liq­uid to school from home.

The area’s coun­cil­lor, Mrs Sin­disiwe Nleya said vil­lagers were in the process of in­stalling a five kilo­me­tre pipe­line from Ramokg­we­bana River to Mzila Vil­lage and a seven kilo­me­tre pipe­line from Tshit­shi Pri­mary School to Tshit­shi Busi­ness Cen­tre and Tjingaba­bili Pri­mary School.

She said some schools in the area did not have water and pupils were forced to bring some from home.

“We are in the process of mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to in­stall two pipe­lines in or­der to ad­dress water chal­lenges. Most vil­lagers in the area don’t have bore­holes and as a re­sult com­mu­nity mem­bers dig up in Ramokg­we­bana River in or­der to reach water.

“We are work­ing on Mashasha pipe­line which is five kilo­me­tres long and Tshit­shi pipe­line which is seven kilo­me­tres long,” she said.

Mrs Nleya said vil­lagers had each con­trib­uted more than $50 to­wards buy­ing pipes and ce­ment for the Mashasha pipe­line. She said the pipe works had been com­pleted and vil­lagers were now wait­ing for an engine which was go­ing to be do­nated by the Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment Fund (DDF).

“Vil­lagers have been pro­vid­ing labour to in­stal the pipe­line while DDF of­fi­cials helped with tech­ni­cal ad­vice.

“They also promised to do­nate an engine which will be pump­ing water and 10 bags of ce­ment.

“The pipe­line will be sup­ply­ing water to Mzila Vil­lage. Com­mu­nity mem­bers there are mak­ing plans to in­stal taps in each house­hold so that they can ac­cess clean water.

‘‘The river is dry there­fore we are us­ing the sand ab­strac­tion method,” she said.

Mrs Nleya said vil­lagers also had plans to es­tab­lish an ir­ri­ga­tion scheme in the area. She said the Tshit­shi pipe­line pro­ject re­quired 1 200 six me­tre PVC pipes but vil­lagers had man­aged to buy about 100.

She said vil­lagers were ex­pected to con­trib­ute $3 per home­stead to­wards the pro­ject but a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers were fail­ing to raise the money.

“Un­der the Tshit­shi pipe­line the water will be drawn from Tshit­shi Pri­mary School to Tshit­shi Busi­ness Cen­tre, Tjingaba­bili Pri­mary School, to sev­eral home­steads in­clud­ing the chief’s and to a dip tank within the ward.

“Vil­lagers are strug­gling with this pro­ject. We have sent pro­pos­als to var­i­ous stake­hold­ers seek­ing fund­ing but with­out luck. This pipe­line is cru­cial be­cause it will ad­dress water chal­lenges be­ing faced at Tjingaba­bili Pri­mary School,” she said.

Ramokg­we­bana River had the ca­pac­ity to sup­ply three wards with water and com­mu­nity mem­bers wanted to utilise it to the fullest — @DubeMatutu.

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