Govt avails funds for bore­hole drilling rigs

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National/gender/health News - Lim­pret Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Zinwa) has stepped up ef­forts to pro­vide safe wa­ter in re­mote ar­eas by en­sur­ing that ev­ery prov­ince will have a bore­hole drilling rig, an of­fi­cial has said.

Zinwa spokesper­son, Mrs Mar­jorie Mun­y­onga said the Govern­ment has availed fund­ing to ac­quire the rigs.

“The avail­ing of funds for the pur­chase of the rigs is part of the Govern­ment’s ef­forts to­wards im­prov­ing peo­ple’s ac­cess to wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene ser­vices and is ex­pected to al­le­vi­ate the plight of many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“This de­vel­op­ment will see a rig be­ing sta­tioned in ev­ery prov­ince for pur­poses of drilling bore­holes for com­mu­ni­ties and in­sti­tu­tions in need of wa­ter,” she said.

She said the idea be­hind the sta­tion­ing of a rig in ev­ery prov­ince was to help re­duce the mo­bil­i­sa­tion costs for bore­hole drilling.

“Mo­bil­i­sa­tion costs have been very high as rigs had to be moved from places far away from each other, mak­ing bore­hole drilling a quite ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise beyond the reach of many in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions,” said Mrs Mun­y­onga.

She added that this pro­gramme was not only tar­get­ing schools, but the wider com­mu­nity.

Mrs Mun­y­onga said this new bore­hole drilling equip­ment ac­quired un­der the fa­cil­ity was ex­pected in the coun­try start­ing next month.

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