Re­sump­tion of wa­ter pipe­line project laud­able

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THE move by the Mutare City Coun­cil to re­sume the con­struc­tion of a wa­ter pipe­line line that will avail ad­e­quate wa­ter to Dangamvura and Fern Val­ley sub­urbs is laud­able.

This will cer­tainly sound good in the ears of res­i­dents in the two sub­urbs who went for more than 10 years fac­ing acute wa­ter short­ages.

Some ar­eas in th­ese lo­ca­tions that are sit­u­ated on high ground have never wit­nessed a drop of wa­ter com­ing out of their taps.

As a re­sult, house­hold pip­ing sys­tems have since suc­cumbed to rust that got the bet­ter of the gal­va­nized pipes over the years.

Else­where in this is­sue we carry a re­fresh­ing story in which Mutare Town Clerk, Mr Joshua Maligwa, re­vealed that the lo­cal author­ity is seek­ing $700 000 to fin­ish the du­pli­cate wa­ter pipe­line that was aban­doned mid­way seven years ago after coun­cil lost $330 000 to a bo­gus shelf com­pany.

We hope this will solve the wa­ter woes once and for all and help the city at­tract in­vestors as well as ex­pand.

The wa­ter sit­u­a­tion in Mutare can be best de­scribed by the Shona id­iom “ku­fa­neny­ota makumbo ari mumvura” which when loosely trans­lated means dy­ing of thirst when your legs are sub­merged in wa­ter.

The East­ern bor­der city is known coun­try­wide to have the clean­est wa­ter which is in abun­dant sup­ply from the Pungwe Wa­ter Project, Odzani Wa­ter Works and Small Bridge.

How­ever, the prob­lem fac­ing the city is a re­sult of struc­tural and hu­man short­com­ings that have re­sulted in wa­ter — which is abun­dantly avail­able — fail­ing to be dis­trib­uted evenly.

As for Dangamvura and Fern Val­ley, the ex­ist­ing pipe that feeds the reser­voir from the Christ­mas Pass tanks has a low con­veyance ca­pac­ity which is not tal­ly­ing with res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial growth.

We are told that the wa­ter pipe­line that feeds Dangamvura high-den­sity sub­urb was laid in the mid 60s when the lo­ca­tion was still small.

The ur­ban set up has grown ex­po­nen­tially over the years. In 2000, the con­struc­tion of the du­pli­cate big­ger line started but it has not been com­pleted to date be­cause of poor fund­ing as well as corruption.

The $330 000 boob was a clear case of cor- rup­tion as city fa­thers okayed the pay­ment of the money to the bo­gus sup­plier with­out get­ting any­thing as col­lat­eral to guar­an­tee sup­ply of the pipes.

There was no due dili­gence.

We side with Mr Maligwa in his new thrust to com­plete the project and hope that he will get the nec­es­sary sup­port to do things right and end the wa­ter woes. Yes, the $700 000 is com­ing but we de­mand that the funds be used for the in­tended pur­pose.

We don’t want a re­peat of what hap­pened in 2012 when coun­cil lost $330 000 to Shi­tazburg In­vest­ments. Our eyes are now wide open.

We urge the city fa­thers to fo­cus on this project and bring back smiles to suf­fer­ing res­i­dents who are walk­ing long dis­tances in search of wa­ter from un­pro­tected sources.

The pro­vi­sion of safe drink­ing wa­ter is a ba­sic hu­man right, Mutare City must stand guided.

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