water.jpgGovernment says it requires about US$434 million to rehabilitate water and sanitation infrastructure throughout the country.

 

This was revealed by the Minister of Water Resources and Development, Mr. Samuel Sipepa Nkomo in Harare at the launch of the National Action Committee, an inter-ministerial committee charged with the overall coordination of the Zimbabwe Water and Sanitation Sector.

 

The committee is expected to map out key priorities in three sub-sectors namely rural and urban water, sanitation and hygiene and water resources management.

 

The money is expected to rehabilitate the ageing equipment and upgrade the water system which is overburdened as a result of the ever increasing urban population.

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara encouraged the committee to engage the private sector so as to supply clean water to the people.

 

On the issue of water pollution caused by industries and raw affluent discharged into water bodies by local authorities, Local Government , Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo said stern measures will be taken against those who pollute water.