Government has commissioned the Chayamiti solar powered water scheme in Chimanimani that is expected to improve provisions of portable water to over 600 households and nearby schools and a clinic.

Located on a plateau, Chayamiti village has been affected by persistent droughts which have made it difficult to access water in the area.

Speaking at the commissioning the Chayamiti solar piped water project, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Mr George Magosvongwe who represented Minister Abednico Ncube said the scheme that will ensure sustainable development in one of the driest places of Chimanimani.

He noted its commissioning is a result of positive collaboration between councils and development partners which should be cherished.

World Vision operations director whose organisation partnered Chimanimani district council by financing the water project said the solar piped water stretches on a network of over nine kilometres feeding 24 water points.

Chimanimani district council chief executive officer, Nehemia Deure said the partnerships will improve the lives of the locals with local member of parliament Cde Nokuthula Matsikenyere adding efforts to drill more high powered boreholes in the area are underway after the constituency was given assistance assurance by its Chinese development partners.

The Chayamiti piped water project whose costs are estimated at over US$81 000 is one of several water projects being done in the district.