Red­cliff gets $2,1m AfDB grant

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Love­more Zi­gara

THE Africa Devel­op­ment Bank (AfDB) has ex­tended a $2,1 mil­lion grant to Red­cliff Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to be chan­nelled towards public works pro­grammes in water and san­i­ta­tion.

Red­cliff Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Fred Ka­puya, said the fa­cil­ity will be used for the re­design­ing of sewer lines in Ru­tendo high den­sity sub­urb as well as the set­ting up of a water clar­i­fier plant in the satel­lite town.

“We have re­ceived fund­ing from Africa Devel­op­ment Bank to the tune of $2,1 mil­lion, which will go towards the re­design­ing of Ru­tendo sewer lines. They are also go­ing to build a water clar­i­fier cen­tre plant in Ru­tendo and Tor­wood and this has taken the bur­den from our bud­get, which is go­ing to come down by over 50 per­cent this year,” he said.

e mayor said the set­ting up of the water clar­i­fier would en­sure the town has water re­serves in its reser­voirs which were re­fur­bished early this year that can take the town for more than a week in case of emer­gen­cies.

The in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ments es­pe­cially in water sup­ply are part of the grand plan of sup­ply­ing the satel­lite town with its water needs in the next five years.

Clr Ka­puya said the lo­cal au­thor­ity will draw water from Texas Dam and from un­der­ground where it is be­lieved that there large reser­voirs of the liq­uid.

“As Red­cliff we can use Texas Dam though it is no longer ad­e­quate to cater for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and we are cur­rently in en­gage­ments with the Zinwa over the is­sue so that we can have our own water source as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity. There are also stud­ies, which are be­ing car­ried out that there could be an aquifer un­der­neath Red­cliff and if re­sults come out pos­i­tive then we can also tap into that,” he said.

He said fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies have been car­ried out to come up with the bud­get for the project.

Red­cliff re­ceives water sup­plies from Kwekwe City Coun­cil through New Zim­steel, which is the water au­thor­ity for the satel­lite town.

Kwekwe City Coun­cil is owed $15 mil­lion by New Zim­steel for water sup­plies to Red­cliff.

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