Lu­pane fi­nally has run­ning wa­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube in Lu­pane

LU­PANE fi­nally has run­ning wa­ter af­ter the Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Zinwa) last week started pump­ing the pre­cious liq­uid from Bubi-Lu­pane Dam.

The town has been fac­ing peren­nial wa­ter woes which had seen res­i­dents re­ly­ing on bore­holes over the years.

e 40 mil­lion cu­bic me­tre Bubi-Lu­pane Dam was com­mis­sioned in 2012 mainly for do­mes­tic wa­ter use in the Mata­bele­land North provin­cial cap­i­tal but hadn’t been utilised due to lack of a wa­ter treat­ment plant.

Res­i­dents started get­ting wa­ter from their taps on Thurs­day af­ter Gov­ern­ment re­cently re­leased $350 000 to­wards the project.

Zinwa-Gwayi catch­ment area man­ager En­gi­neer Chengeta Gozo said they would soon com­mis­sion the plant. “What we are do­ing is a test-run be­cause this is new equip­ment so we have to see if all is in good con­di­tion. We are us­ing two lines and we dis­cov­ered two leaks which are be­ing at­tended to and it looks like ev­ery­thing is on course,” said Eng Gozo. He said the dam has ca­pac­ity to sus­tain ir­ri­ga­tion. “Once we are sat­is­fied we will then com­mis­sion the plant. The main pur­pose for the dam is for use by the provin­cial cap­i­tal but it can han­dle ir­ri­ga­tion as well and we hope it will help steer de­vel­op­ment be­cause the un­avail­abil­ity of a con­sis­tent and re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply had been stalling de­vel­op­ment,” added Eng Gozo.

A Chronicle news crew vis­ited the treat­ment plant near the dam site on Thurs­day where en­gi­neers from Zinwa were busy mon­i­tor­ing the sys­tem for leak­ages on the pipe­line and valves.

Two treat­ment tanks each mea­sur­ing 500 cu­bic me­tres were al­ready full and en­gi­neers were test­ing the pump­ing sys­tem which they said had so far proven ef­fi­cient.

From Page 1 Another IT ex­pert who re­fused to be named said: “Whether Nige­rian or lo­cal, no com­pany should have ac­cess to data­base of own­er­ship. From own­er­ship de­tails one can tar­get an in­di­vid­ual for ei­ther hi­jack, rob­bery or as­sas­si­na­tion. So the se­cu­rity threat is not lim­ited to Gov­ern­ment but to all Zim­bab­weans. Fur­ther­more, this com­pany was not vet­ted and there are re­ports that in Sierra Leone, it gave a false ad­dress and when checks were made by the au­thor­i­ties, it was dis­cov­ered that its phys­i­cal ad­dress was just an open space.”

In­for­ma­tion at hand shows that in Sierra Leone where Courtville once op­er­ated, the com­pany com­pro­mised the

Speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not cleared to speak to the me­dia, en­gi­neers said the treat­ment plant, with three stages of wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion, was well equipped to en­sure a re­li­able sup­ply of wa­ter to the “dor­mant” town.

They said leak­ages iden­ti­fied so far can’t stop the pump­ing of wa­ter as they were mi­nor.

Res­i­dents who had re­lied on bore­hole wa­ter for years were ex­cited to get the pre­cious liq­uid from their taps.

The chair­per­son of the Lu­pane Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Christo­pher Maz­ibisa, urged au­thor­i­ties to now fo­cus on in­stalling a big­ger re­serve sup­ply tank. “We are very happy as res­i­dents and want to com­mend Zinwa and en­gi­neers for the good work. They said they will be here for two weeks mon­i­tor­ing how the sys­tem goes and we ap­pre­ci­ate that. What we need now is a new re­serve tank as the avail­able ones are very old and small,” he said.

Lu­pane Lo­cal Board chair­per­son Mrs Mon­ica Ng­wenya said it was now time for the lo­cal au­thor­ity to start work­ing on the sewer sys­tem.

“Avail­abil­ity of wa­ter is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple can now start de­vel­op­men­tal work which couldn’t start be­cause we were re­ly­ing on bore­hole wa­ter. This will now force us to think about the sewer sys­tem which we couldn’t do be­cause of lack of a re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply,” she said.

Wa­ter woes have de­layed the com­ple­tion of cap­i­tal projects and re­lo­ca­tion of Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the Provin­cial Min­is­ter of State (Cain Math­ema) who have been op­er­at­ing from Bu­l­awayo as civil ser­vants’ houses had no run­ning wa­ter.

De­mand for wa­ter in Lu­pane has in­creased with the re­lo­ca­tion of the Lu­pane State Univer­sity (LSU) man­age­ment and will fur­ther rise when stu­dents and lec­tur­ers re­lo­cate to the cam­pus soon. — @ncubeleon

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in­ter­nal se­cu­rity of the coun­try as in­for­ma­tion from ve­hi­cle own­ers, driv­ers and in­sur­ance com­pa­nies was pro­cessed in Nige­ria.

In less than six months af­ter sign­ing the con­tract, Courtville In­vest­ment proved its in­com­pe­tence to de­liver, thereby caus­ing em­bar­rass­ment to the Gov­ern­ment and in­con­ve­nience to cus­tomers of the Sierra Leone Road Trans­port Au­thor­ity where long queues be­came the or­der of the day.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Zi­nara direc­tor of op­er­a­tions and hu­man re­sources Mr Pre­cious Murove were fruit­less as his phone went unan­swered.

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