The Bulawayo community through the one dollar levy per household that was initially set to fund the duplication of the Insiza pipeline has mobilised over $5 million that has since been invested in into the Epping Forest water harvesting project.
Locally brewed initiatives to deal with challenges affecting the communities are proving to be the best way to go in an economy that has challenges on credit lines and the Bulawayo residents chose to invest in its water infrastructure as they are determined to ensure that they have access to the precious liquid.
After enduring the punitive water shedding during drought years when the city’s supply dams dried up, Bulawayo residents embraced a plan by the city fathers for them to contribute a dollar per household every month to raise money for the construction of an additional pipeline to pump more water to its water treatment plant.
The duplication of the Insiza pipeline was one of the strategies to improve the supply of water to the city.
However, the city fathers were advised by the engineering services that the best option was the drilling and equipping of boreholes in the Epping Forest and the construction of a pipeline linking the boreholes with Rochester water works.
Bulawayo United Residents Association president Mr Winos Dube commended resident for the investment saying they must be happy with the infrastructure they have built adding that this initiative demonstrates that the residents have the capacity to buy shares in some strategic industries in the city.
Bulawayo Mayor Martin Moyo said he is proud of the contribution of the residents towards the project as this has assured the city of water even during drought years.
The water augmentation strategy is a medium term plan for the city and the Matabeleland Zambezi water project remains the anchor project for Bulawayo and the region and it needs an initial $115 million for the construction of the Gwayi-Tshangane dam which is the first phase of project.