Borehole rehab nears completion

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Shamiso Dzingire

STAFF WRITER

THE rehabilitation of 15 boreholes at Nyamandlovu Aquifer (Rochester) is set to be completed by May 31, amid revelations that the project is more than 50 percent complete.

This was revealed by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) service centre for Bulawayo, Albert Manyika when Finance minister Mthuli Ncube toured the site on Saturday.

The rehabilitation of the 15 boreholes began on May 6 after the government availed $10,6 million for the project that is expected to increase output to eight mega litres per day up from three.

Currently, 20 boreholes are operating at Rochester and the repair of 15 will bring the total number of boreholes to 35.

Nyamandlovu Aquifer (both Rochester and Epping Forest boreholes) are the projects identified by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) as immediate solutions to the water crisis.

However, Zinwa officials disclosed that they are looking for funding for the rehabilitation of an additional five boreholes.

 “We have done over 50 percent of all the mechanical works on all boreholes. As of yesterday, we had finished all the electrical work on four boreholes and they have already been fed to the main system.

“With the rate at which we are moving and the availability of resources, we are looking at finishing the works by May 31,” Manyika said.

Ncube said the government’s efforts will be shifted towards the rehabilitation of Epping Forest boreholes where only three boreholes are functioning and the water is supplied to farmers.

“We are now shifting to Epping Forest where we want to drill 13 boreholes. We will be allocating budget for that and will produce similar level of water (10 mega litres per day) as Rochester Boreholes.”

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