More than 1000 households that contributed money towards the construction of conservancy tanks to treat raw sewage in Southlands, Harare South will benefit from the project which is now ready for commissioning.

The project which was constructed to the tune of $500 000 has four units with a bio-digester system to treat sewage being discharged from households that relied on septic tanks.

Some of the residents told the ZBC News that the system is smart and it will substitute the use of septic tanks which sometimes contaminate underground water.

The Project Designer, Engineer Tennyson Chifamba said the system does not require energy to function but it uses gravitational force for the sewage to flow from one compartment to the other.

“Its main advantages are that it requires less space and can be implemented to suit a variety of terrain conditions,” he said.

Harare South legislator, Cde Tongai Mnangagwa said such development is needed for urban areas and this is just the beginning of more projects that will benefit the residents.

“We don’t want to have a situation where we experience cholera outbreaks because we don’t have sewerage reticulation systems that are efficient,” he said.

Southlands is one of the new suburbs in Harare where there is no direct sewage and water connection from the city council as people rely on septic tanks and boreholes.