Vic Falls bud­gets $12m for wa­ter, sewer revamp

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

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has set aside close to $12 mil­lion to up­grade its wa­ter and sewer sys­tems fol­low­ing com­plaints by res­i­dents about con­tin­ued er­ratic ser­vices.

The project will put an end to a sep­tic tank sys­tem which res­i­dents have con­demned.

Brief­ing res­i­dents at a bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing, out­go­ing Town Clerk Mr Christo­pher Dube said the Wa­ter, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (WASH) project will start in March next year.

“The WASH pro­gramme will start soon and will run con­cur­rently with BB7 and Buf­fer Zone hous­ing projects. No plan­ning was done for the wa­ter and sewer sys­tem in BD39 (Aero­drome) and we now want to nor­malise things,” said Mr Dube.

Coun­cil part­nered CBZ in a $12 mil­lion deal for con­struc­tion of BB7 and Buf­fer Zone houses.

Town Trea­surer Mr Them­binkosi Khu­malo said the WASH project would be rolled out in two phases spread over two years.

“The coun­cil has spent $85 384 on lay­out plans for the project. The fea­si­bil­ity study has told us that the first phase of the project will cost $6,6 mil­lion and is ex­pected to com­mence in March 2017 and will take 18 months,” said Mr Khu­malo. He said the sec­ond phase would cost $5,2 mil­lion. The Town Trea­surer ap­pealed to ratepay­ers to hon­our their obli­ga­tions so that coun­cil can de­liver.

Coun­cil is owed $15 536 695 by res­i­dents and busi­nesses while it owes ser­vice providers over $8 mil­lion.

Con­tribut­ing at the on­go­ing bud­get meet­ings, res­i­dents ex­pressed fears that the wa­ter and sewer sit­u­a­tion would worsen after com­ple­tion of the new hous­ing projects as the pop­u­la­tion would grow.

“The coun­cil must look into the is­sue of sep­tic tanks which are now pro­duc­ing a strong un­bear­able stench at our houses,” said Mr Bless­ing Mun­yenyiwa, a res­i­dent.— @ncubeleon

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