The government has taken steps to accelerate the delivery of piped water in rural parts of the Midlands province.

The government recently started rehabilitating the Mlezu and Shagari piped water scheme, a development set to benefit more than 8000 households.

For many years, the two rural communities had no source of clean water and had to face the burden of walking long distances to fetch the precious liquid sometimes from unprotected wells.

The situation was further worsened after the El Nino induced floods which left many communities with no access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Owen Nucbe, who officially commissioned the two schemes, said water borne related diseases had become a cause for concern in the communities, making the initiative critical.

Villagers thanked the government for the initiative, saying reticulated water supply will block the transmission route of water borne diseases to them.

The piped water scheme project was founded in 1992 under the District Development Fund and ran for six months before it collapsed and only to be revived in 2017.