Binga sends wa­ter SOS to NGOs

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

BINGA Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil (RDC) has ap­proached 12 Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in the dis­trict to help develop wa­ter sources.

An on­go­ing wa­ter cri­sis fac­ing Binga Cen­tre and sur­round­ing ar­eas as a re­sult of a power out­age has left busi­nesses and res­i­dents in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion.

Binga RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Joshua Muzamba told The Chron­i­cle that the lo­cal author­ity met 12 out of 15 NGOs op­er­at­ing in the dis­trict over the wa­ter cri­sis.

He said coun­cil would, in due course, start sur­vey­ing ar­eas where pos­si­ble wa­ter sources could be de­vel­oped.

“The sit­u­a­tion is un­for­tu­nate es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that wa­ter is life. Res­i­dents are fac­ing the dan­ger of con­tract­ing dis­eases and be­ing at­tacked by croc­o­diles in the river and un­for­tu­nately we can’t drill bore­holes nearby be­cause of to­pog­ra­phy,” Mr Muzamba said.

The near­est bore­hole to Binga Cen­tre is 4km away and as a re­sult res­i­dents have no op­tion but to fetch raw wa­ter from the Zam­bezi River.

“We are dis­cussing with stake­hold­ers such as non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions which I can’t name for now. We are hav­ing strong dis­cus­sions for mit­i­ga­tory mea­sures for wa­ter pro­vi­sion to crit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions such as the hos­pi­tal as well as for res­i­dents even if it means by-pass­ing Zinwa,” Mr Muzamba said.

“We had a meet­ing yes­ter­day with 12 out of the 15 NGOs that op­er­ate in the dis­trict and we pointed out to them the cri­sis we have and how they can chip in to help in strate­gic ar­eas like wa­ter pro­vi­sion. We hope that as we go into 2017 they will con­sider this in their bud­gets.”

Three weeks ago, Binga Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal was forced to at­tend to emer­gen­cies only while Binga High School and Binga Pri­mary School also sent pupils back home be­cause of lack of wa­ter.

The Zim­babwe Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices was also not spared re­sult­ing in in­mates be­ing made to fetch wa­ter from the Zam­bezi River.

The lo­cal author­ity ended up cush­ion­ing the hos­pi­tal by sup­ply­ing wa­ter bowsers.

Fast food op­er­a­tors were also forced to drive as far as 60km out of Binga Cen­tre to fetch wa­ter from vil­lage bore­holes.-@ncubeleon

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