Government has initiated a programme to benefit rural communities living adjacent to bulk water sources that are dotted around the country through sustainable use of the resource for economic projects and domestic usage.

While the country has invested millions of dollars in bulk water storage facilities by building dams, in most instances this water has remained unused due to the unavailability of irrigation infrastructure and piped water system for domestic use.

The is set to change as government has initiated a programme to avail water to communities living near dams as is the situation in Mzingwane district of Matabeleland South Province where the Mtshabezi dam water has remained underutilised for years.

Commissioning the water off-take point along the Mtshabezi pipe line that feeds into Mzingwane dam, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said where there is a water pipeline, water off-take points must be established to support local communities with drinking water and facilitate the establishment of community gardens and irrigation schemes.

She also stated that her ministry through the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has procured drilling rigs for the sinking of boreholes to provide potable water for people and animals especially in the dry regions of the country.

Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri also spoke against littering saying people should use environmental friendly means of disposing litter and ensure that the environment is clean.