GOVT TO SOLVE COWDRAY PARK SEWER PROB­LEMS Sets aside $45m for na­tional projects

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THE Gov­ern­ment has set aside over $45 mil­lion tar­geted at im­prov­ing the coun­try’s wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture, a move which will see 90 per­cent of all ur­ban dwellers hav­ing ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter by year 2024.

Among other things the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will in­volve the con­struc­tion of sewer sys­tems for a num­ber of new res­i­den­tial ar­eas around the coun­try. In pro­jec­tions that were made by Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube, Gov­ern­ment will avail a to­tal of $45,2 mil­lion for var­i­ous wa­ter and sewer retic­u­la­tion projects around the coun­try which in­clude in­stalling a sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem in Bu­l­awayo’s Cowdray Park Hlalani Kuhle sub­urb.

Cowdray Park Hlalani Kuhle has pre­sented the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil a headache as the sub­urb had no sewer or wa­ter retic­u­la­tion sys­tem which saw res­i­dents in the sub­urb con­struct­ing Blair toi­lets to avoid open defe­ca­tion. The lo­cal au­thor­ity in­sisted that the Blair toi­lets were il­le­gal but could not de­mol­ish them be­cause there was no sewer retic­u­la­tion to give res­i­dents an al­ter­na­tive.

Pre­sent­ing his 2019 bud­get pro­pos­als, Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube re­vealed that they were set­ting aside $4,1 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem for the 3 000 houses in the sub­urb.

“The ser­vice level bench­mark­ing ex­er­cise un­der­takes with sup­port from the World Bank in 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, un­der­lined crit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions needed to re­store ser­vices in the 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices.

“The 2019 bud­get will there­fore make pro­vi­sion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture, amount­ing to US$45,2 mil­lion in 18 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” said Prof Ncube.

Other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties that will re­ceive fund­ing in­clude Harare City Coun­cil, $4,1 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of clar­i­fiers, out­fall sewer and up­grad­ing of col­lapsed sewer, Gweru City Coun­cil, $4 mil­lion for the re­place­ment of pumps at three main pump sta­tions and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Cam­brid­ge­sire Treat­ment Plant and Nor­ton town coun­cil will re­ceive $2,5 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of sewer ponds and sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem in Man­dale.

Beit­bridge Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will re­ceive, $1,4 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion sys­tem, Lu­pane Lo­cal Board; $$1,1 mil­lion for the up­grad­ing of sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem, Chirundu Lo­cal Board; $1 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a new sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion sys­tem, Kadoma City Coun­cil; $1,8 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the wa­ter retic­u­la­tion and con­struc­tion of a pump­ing sta­tion while Kwekwe City Coun­cil will re­ceive $2,3 mil­lion for the up­grad­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the sewer and wa­ter retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

Also in­cluded in the list is Maron­dera Mu­nic­i­pal­ity that will re­ceive $2,9 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the wa­ter retic­u­la­tion net­work, Bin­dura City Coun­cil; $3,8 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a wa­ter treat­ment plant and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of wa­ter retic­u­la­tion net­work, Vic­to­ria Falls will get $2 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the wa­ter and sewer retic­u­la­tion net­work and Chiredzi Town Coun­cil will also re­ceive $2 mil­lion for a com­plete retic­u­la­tion up­grade and con­struc­tion of a reser­voir.

Chi­tung­wiza Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on the other hand will get $1,5 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of sewer in­fra­struc­ture in Zengeza, Chegutu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; $3,5 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of wa­ter and sew­er­age net­work and con­struc­tion of new man­holes, Chi­noyi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; $2,8 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing of the sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion sys­tem, Ep­worth Lo­cal Board; $2,3 mil­lion for the up­grad­ing of wa­ter mains, sewer out­fall and sewer treat­ment plant and Red­cliff Mu­nic­i­pal­ity com­pletes the list of ur­ban au­thor­i­ties, re­ceiv­ing $2 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing of the wa­ter and sewer retic­u­la­tion net­work.

Two ru­ral district coun­cils have also been iden­ti­fied to get Gov­ern­ment sup­port, these be­ing Chirumhanzu that will get $726 000 for sewer ponds re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Manyame will get $700 000 for the con­struc­tion of a sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

Mean­while, Prof Ncube also re­cently but­tressed the need to en­sure that all wa­ter bodies in the coun­try are fully utilised. These plans are con­tained in the Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme (TSP) launched by Gov­ern­ment re­cently.

“By 2024 all sewer should be treated be­fore be­ing dis­charged to the en­vi­ron­ment, while 90 per­cent of ur­ban dwellers should have ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter. City fa­thers must plan for the growth in ur­ban set­tle­ments by pro­vid­ing ba­sic ser­vices and af­ford­able hous­ing for ur­ban dwellers. All on­go­ing dam projects will be com­pleted and mea­sures put in place to en­sure all wa­ter bodies are fully utilised. Ad­di­tional bore­holes will be con­structed coun­try­wide, through DDF and Zinwa, to en­sure that ru­ral house­holds also have ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter,” reads the doc­u­ment.

Gwayi-Shangani Dam has also been tar­get­ed­with two other dams; Cause­way and Marovany­ati­tar­geted to be com­pleted by 2019 with a bud­get of US$194,2 mil­lion set aside for this.

“Sup­port of US$60 mil­lion will tar­get ex­e­cu­tion of works for Chivhu, Semwa, Bin­dura and TuliManyange dams. Emer­gency Wa­ter Sup­ply and San­i­ta­tion Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project un­der ZimFund, tar­get­ing Harare, Ruwa, Red­cliff and Chi­tung­wiza is un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion and ex­pected to be com­plete in 2018.

“Gu­ruve, Lu­pane and Zimunya sewer and wa­ter up­grad­ing works un­der ZIMREF are on-go­ing and ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2018 at a cost of US$5,5 mil­lion. Through the IDBZ, Gov­ern­ment will pri­ori­tise the com­ple­tion of the Vic­to­ria Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Project and the Chiredzi Town Coun­cil Wa­ter and Waste-Wa­ter Aug­men­ta­tion,” reads the doc­u­ment.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Bu­l­awayo mayor, Coun­cil­lor Solomon Mguni said the pro­gramme would com­ple­ment other projects they had in place.

“Al­ready we have a project that we are do­ing in Cowdray Park from a grant we re­ceived un­der the Africa Devel­op­ment Bank so if the cen­tral gov­ern­ment comes in to sup­port us in these key wa­ter and sewer projects it will surely go a long way in en­sur­ing that we ful­fil our goal as a city of im­prov­ing our wa­ter and sewer retic­u­la­tion,” said Clr Mguni.

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