The Dombwe community in Musengezi, Chegutu now enjoys reticulated water, 58 years after the establishment of the settlement.

Dombwe is a semi-urban settlement in the Musengezi  purchase area and the township has been relying on bush pump boreholes and wells for water since 1959.

Through a US$143 000 water and sanitation grant provided to Chegutu rural district council by the Australian government, the area now has reticulated borehole water.

A senior citizen who has stayed at Dombwe since 1959, Mr Andrew Kanyepa, said the community has been relying on wells for the past 58 years.

Officially commissioning the piped water scheme, Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Suzzane McCourt said Australia places value in water, which is a scarce resource in her country.

She implored the beneficiaries to be responsible enough to sustain the water project.

A Director in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Mr Mike Mazai said the availability of portable tape water is a necessity for attracting investment, while Chegutu East legislator, Cde Webster Shamu described the Dombwe project as a fulfillment of one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).