The government has embarked on a programme to rehabilitate boreholes in Chipinge after about 136 out of the 1215 boreholes in the district have broken down over the years.

In the absence of bigger water projects, boreholes have become a reliable source of clean water in most places across the country.

“The habilitation of boreholes in Chipinge is targeting remote and driest parts of the district to ensure access to clean water to all people in the country,” said Chipinge District Water and Sanitation Sub-Committee Chairperson, Isaac Sundawo.

Sundawo said the borehole rehabilitation programme that is being funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and implemented by the government has seen borehole kits being distributed to 39 sites where boreholes had broken down. 

Villagers in the affected communities hailed efforts by the government to rehabilitate boreholes, saying failure to access clean and safe water had made life difficult for communities in most arid areas.

Out of the 39 boreholes that are currently being rehabilitated, five are going to be powered by solar while partnerships between the government and other development players will help fast track rehabilitation of the remaining lot.