THE Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has started rehabilitating boreholes at Nyamandlovu Aquifer in a development that is expected to ease Bulawayo’s water woes.
Last week, the government — through Zinwa — provided $10,6 million for the rehabilitation of 15 boreholes at Nyamandlovu Aquifer.
In an interview with the Daily News, Zinwa communications manager Marjorie Munyonga said a team of workers had left for Nyamandlovu where they will be stationed until the completion of the project.
“Rehabilitation works have begun and a team left Harare yesterday (Wednesday) for Nyamandlovu.
“We have procured the required equipment and pumps and we are still receiving more pumps. The rehabilitation works started today (yesterday),” Munyonga said.
However, she could not ascertain how long the works will take.
The rehabilitation of the 15 boreholes will increase water quantities from an average of 3 mega litres to 8 mega litres per day.
Bulawayo has been affected by perennial water shortages over the years mainly as a result of growing demand.
The government funds were released at a time when the City of Bulawayo is implementing a five-day water rationing schedule per week owing to depleting dam levels.
According to figures released by council, the city’s supply dams stand at 31 percent, with Lower Ncema earmarked for decommissioning this month.
Bulawayo decommissioned Upper Ncema and Umzingwane dams last year. The dams did not receive adequate inflows during the rainy season to warrant their re-commissioning.
The government is also set to make available more funds to address the city’s water crisis.