En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry com­mit­ted to Byo res­i­dents’ health

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

THE Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the health and so­cial well-be­ing of the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo, an of­fi­cial has said.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Bu­l­awayo Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Ser­vices Im­prove­ment Project (BWSSIP) in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, deputy di­rec­tor of wa­ter re­sources, plan­ning and man­age­ment in the min­istry, Mr Robert Mutepfa said the project is ex­pected to im­prove Bu­l­awayo’s mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

“The project will in­stal so­lar pho­to­voltaic wa­ter pumps at Mag­wegwe reser­voir in place of diesel pow­ered gen­er­a­tors. The whole city’s pub­lic la­trines, sewer retic­u­la­tion and treat­ment works will be re­ha­bil­i­tated.

“This is in­deed a wel­come in­ter­ven­tion since a healthy na­tion will en­sure a healthy work­force, hence high pro­duc­tiv­ity,” said Mr Mutepfa.

He said the BWSSIP would pro­vide the city with adap­tion tools which will help ad­dress ef­fects of cli­mate change with­out pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The mea­sures will in­volve con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter sources, es­pe­cially wa­ter springs, ground­wa­ter recharge points and river catch­ments. Re­duc­tion of non-rev­enue wa­ter and en­hanc­ing ef­flu­ent qual­ity con­trol at wastewater treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties will be done to pro­tect wa­ter bod­ies.

“This will pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment from pol­lu­tion. We will of­fer ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes on eco­nom­i­cal wa­ter uses at house­hold level,” said Mr Mutepfa.

The BWSSIP fo­cuses on re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and en­hanc­ing the city’s wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem as well as strength­en­ing in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity.

Mr Mutepfa said the project would also en­hance ser­vice de­liv­ery, ef­fi­ciency and im­prove­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal san­i­ta­tion.

“The project will be achieved by pro­vid­ing safe wa­ter and en­sur­ing safe dis­posal of sewage, im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture and en­hanc­ing op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial ef­fi­ciency of ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

Mr Mutepfa said dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers would be in­volved in the de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

He said at the end of the project, the city would ex­pe­ri­ence im­proved house­hold ac­cess to mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter, re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion from raw sewage and im­proved util­ity ef­fi­ciency.

“I wish to thank the African Devel­op­ment Bank for mak­ing this project a re­al­ity.

“I urge the City of Bu­l­awayo to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity as it will go a long way in solv­ing the cur­rent wa­ter and sew­er­age chal­lenges be­ing faced by the city,” said Mr Mutepfa.

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