Town councils have vowed to sustain the small town WASH projects to improve service delivery in areas that were synonymous with underperformance before it commenced.

Town clerks and secretaries from across 14 towns converged in Bindura to review their performance on issues of clean water supply, hygiene and sanitation under the banner of small town WASH projects.

The government together with UNICEF initiated the small town WASH projects with the aim of training local councils on operations and maintenance of water reticulation and sanitation equipment to prevent communicable disease like cholera

Given the recent cholera outbreak, one would easily dismiss the function of the initiative, but town authorities hailed the small town WASH project for equipping personal with skills to sustain operations as positive results are already visible.

“Service delivery has generally improved in Rusape and I want to believe it is all the same in all 14 towns because we carried out a tour of Bindura water and sewer works, it is impressive. The way operators of the flow explained their operations showed the impact of the project,” Rusape Town Council Secretary, Mr Solomon Kabaza said.

Bindura Municipality, which won in the best clean water category, attributed their success to the project citing that key measures were taken to ensure everyone does the requisite duties.

“As Bindura we managed to rehabilitate our systems, we refurbished pumps, electrical components and the water network to reduce water losses, among other many interventions.  We have trained our personnel such as water operators, engineers and management so that implementation of operations and maintenance is done from bottom to top,” Bindura Town Engineer Talent Devera said.

The project is driven by the National Coordination Unit, an urban WASH subsector which has recorded success in training locals on management of sewer ponds and water treatment plants in remote towns selected after the 2008 cholera outbreak.