Government delivers clean water promise to Rushinga

by | Sep 18, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Staff Writer

Minister of Lands, Agriculture Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Honorable Dr Anxious Masuka on Thursday commissioned the Chimhanda Water Treatment Plant, in Rushinga District, after its refurbishment by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).

The water treatment plant which serves as water source for Chimhanda Township, Rushinga Township as well as Nyamatikiti was refurbished to the tune of ZWL $57.2 Million.

The refurbishment included the replacement of dilapidated 25 year old asbestos cement pipes (ac) with PVC pipes.

Due to aging infrastructure and vandalism, water supplies to Rushinga has been seriously compromised leading to tight water rationing regimes being instituted.

The completion of the rehabilitation work is set to boost water availability and came as a huge relief for over 20 000 households in Rushinga

In his speech, Minister Masuka instructed ZINWA engineers present to ensure that close to 19 villages in which these newly placed water pipes run through also have equal access to the precious liquid.

“I have learnt that these new water pipes run through villages totalling 19 and l urge you ZINWA engineers to ensure that these people also benefit from this water resource.

This is in accordance with His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mantra for vision 2030 that no one and no place should be left behind, ” said Minister Masuka.

Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Senator Monica Mavhunga said commissioning of the Chimhanda Water Treatment Plant Project is set to improve lives of people in Rushinga.

She said Rushinga District is a very dry district whose need for investment in the development of water treatment and reticulation systems cannot be over emphasized.

“Rushinga can now more meaningfully contribute to the economic development of the Province and consequently supporting towards vision 2030,” said Minister Mavhunga.

The commissioning of the refurbished Chimhanda Water Treatment Plant confirms the Second Republic’s commitment to end water insecurity in the country.

The event was graced by five ZINWA board members led by board Chair Engineer Bongile Ndiweni and ZINWA top management.

Also present was Rushinga Member of Parliament Tendai Nyabani, local Chiefs and villagers who all expressed joy at government efforts to better the lives of ordinary citizens.