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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Piped water schemes transforming rural economies

By Kenias Chivuzhe

THE establishment of community piped water schemes in Manicaland Province has transformed the lives of rural communities.

Beneficiaries of water schemes in Nzvimbe, Makoni and Nyautonga in Mutasa are already feeling the transformative impact of the availability of clean water.

“We are happy with the water scheme as we were facing a lot of challenges in accessing the precious liquid. We are now establishing gardening projects at our homesteads. We are now able to adhere to sanitation required standards due to the availability of clean water,” said villagers who spoke to ZBC News.

Mutare North Legislator, Honourable Mike Madiro who established a mini piped water scheme spoke on plans to establish bigger schemes in his community.

“We are establishing a bigger piped water scheme where we sunk a borehole and have started to lay down pipes in partnership with DDF. We are expanding the project so we can establish piped water schemes in villages six and eleven,” he said.

At a national level, the sinking of 35 000 boreholes by 2025, the construction of dams and the revival of defunct irrigation schemes is expected to play a pivotal role towards transforming the economy into an upper middle-income status by 2030.

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