FAO re­ha­bil­i­tates 39 bore­holes in Chipinge

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Correspondent

THE Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion in con­junc­tion with Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments is tar­get­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate 39 bore­holes for com­mu­ni­ties ex­pe­ri­enc­ing acute wa­ter short­ages in Chipinge District.

A check by The Man­ica Post re­cently re­vealed that FAO has al­ready mo­bilised re­sources and equip­ment which is now be­ing dis­trib­uted to in­tended wards.

The pro­gramme will tar­get wards three, five, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29 and 30 which are among ar­eas that ex­pe­ri­ence peren­nial wa­ter short­ages.

Of the 39 bore­holes to be re­ha­bil­i­tated, five will be so­lar pow­ered.

Chipinge District Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Sub-Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Mr Isaac Sun­dawo, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment and said work to re­ha­bil­i­tate bore­holes in Chipinge District would re­sume this month.

“Yes, I can con­firm that FAO has al­ready availed equip­ment worth thou­sands of to re­ha­bil­i­tate dam­aged bore­holes,” he said.

“The equip­ment do­nated is be­ing kept at Kondo Sta­tion await­ing dis­burse­ment to the in­tended ar­eas.

“We will dis­trib­ute the bore­hole equip­ment ac­cord­ing to how the area is af­fected. This pro­gramme is be­ing im­ple­mented by FAO and also in­volves Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments as im­ple­ment­ing agents,” said Mr Sun­dawo.

The equip­ment in­cludes 748 gal­vanised pipes, 34 bush pumps, 34 bush pumps heads and 300 bags of ce­ment for the con­struc­tion of wa­ter drink­ing troughs.

“Once the pro­gramme kicks-off we are ex­pected to em­ploy over 50 peo­ple. This will ben­e­fit thou­sands of fam­i­lies,” he said.

“Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion at Chipinge District De­vel­op­ment Fund of­fices, we have 1 226 bore­holes which are not func­tional. Many fam­i­lies are af­fected by acute wa­ter short­ages be­cause of the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“Yes, we re­ceive re­sources here and there, but they are not enough since we have many bore­holes which re­quire spe­cial main­te­nance,” he added.

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