In Zimbabwe, ZimFund and the Harare City Council recently held a workshop to exchange knowledge with beneficiaries about projects in their communities, including Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project Phase II.
Under the rehabilitation project, a new 4.6km pipeline is hoped to change persistent water shortages and bring relief to families. This is according to Passmore Masanga, a resident of the Mabvuku township in Harare who attended the workshop.
The ZimFund’s key activities in Harare are to improve the water distribution system, ensure that water-stressed high-density communities secure a reliable supply of water and to improve wastewater management in targeted areas of the city. Read: Op-Ed: Is enough being done to preserve water?
These include the rehabilitation of seven sewage pump stations, 11 water pump stations, the replacement of 37km of critical pipelines in the water distribution system and the supply of 15,000 water meters, water meter test bench to test meter accuracy, sewer cleaning vehicles, laboratory equipment, spare pipes and materials, and bulk meters.
The rehabilitation is being done at a total cost of $19.2 million dollars and will benefit over half a million people. Some of the works have been completed while some are ongoing.
The ZimFund is a $145 million water and sanitation and energy programme, which was established in 2010 after the 2008 cholera outbreak. Its donors include; Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and
ZimFund is managed by the African Development Bank as part of its operations to improve the quality of life in Zimbabwe.
The Bank also supports Zimbabwe in the agriculture, transport, energy, water and sanitation, institutional development and capacity building, humanitarian, social and financial services sectors.