mutambara arthur 27.09.11.jpgAt least US$50 million is urgently required to address the water and sanitation challenges currently facing the country in urban areas.

This was revealed at the joint sector review of the water, sanitation and health sector in Zimbabwe at a conference in Harare.

As the country’s water crisis deepens particularly in the urban areas, calls have been made for the private sector, civic groups and international organisations to partner government in the provision of clean water and proper sanitation conditions.

Guest of honour at the joint sector review conference on water, sanitation and hygiene sectors in Zimbabwe, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara said Zimbabweans should move away from syndrome that government will provide and come up with partnerships that can help provide the much needed more than US$50 million required to address the water and sanitation problems.

Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara said it is sad to note that big companies are failing to pay their water bills for the services they are getting considering that they are making millions of dollars in profits.

The Minister of Water Resources Development and Management, Mr. Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said the US$50 million required to address the water problem is just a short term measure urgently required before the coming of the rainy season.

The two day joint sector review of the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors in Zimbabwe conference was meant to assess progress and work done together with cooperating partners such as World Bank, UNICEF and other various civic groups.