A solar-powered borehole in the Chayamiti area of Chimanimani has brought relief to the community that had gone for years with challenges in accessing water.

Chayamiti area in Chimanimani is one of the driest places in the district with the area having only few high yielding boreholes.

Partnership between the local community and a local non-governmental organisation saw the drilling of a high yielding borehole and the installation of a solar powered piped water system bringing relief to villagers who used to travel long distances  of up to 5 kilometres to fetch water.

The villagers expressed joy saying there was no better assistance to them than the water project, adding they hope it will be expanded to benefit most households in the area.

The Chayamiti water project has so far benefited local schools and a clinic, while a pre-school is now being constructed with villagers accessing water at selected water points.

The project that is estimated to have chewed a total of US$81 000 is one of successful water provision models in rural communities and government is expected to commission the project this July.