The Hwange local board in partnership with the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) are set to embark on the rehabilitation of the Empumalanga waste water treatment plant as the local authority intensifies efforts to improve water and waste management.

The Hwange local board which has just completed the refurbishment of the Baobab waste water treatment plant says it has now placed attention on rehabilitation of the Empumalanga water treatment plant with funds for the project already secured.

In an interview during the media tour of the refurbished Baobab water treatment plant, Hwange local board town secretary Mr Ndumiso Mdlalose said work on the new project will commence soon adding that the IDBZ will be the implementing partner.

Commenting on the refurbished Baobab plant, Mr Mdlalose said the development has ensured that the discharged water is not harmful to the environment and at the same time ensuring that rate payers get value for their money.

Environmental Management Authority Matabeleland North provincial manager Mrs Chipo Mpofu-Zuze commended the local board for rectifying the irregularities adding that the tests conducted indicate that the water being discharged now is within the acceptable levels.

The refurbishment work at the water treatment plant which was non-functional for close to a decade involved installation of new blowers and redesigning of the effluent disposal system.