The water problems in Matabeleland South are set to ease amid plans by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to drill 52 boreholes and employ various water harvesting strategies in the province.
The programme announced during a Provincial Development Committee (PDC) meeting in Gwanda is part of ZINWA’s 100-day plan.
Due to low and erratic rainfall experienced in the southern parts of country coupled with the current changes in climate, water shortages continue to be the greatest challenge facing communities in Matabeleland South Province.
In a bid address the problem, government has tasked legislators in the province to identify four sites for rainwater harvesting, construction of weirs and sinking of four boreholes in thier respective constituencies.
Resources to construct the infrastructure has been mobilised says ZINWA’s Umzingwane catchment area technical technician Mrs Nyararai Nyoni.
The local leadership should work together in identifying the most needy areas as well as ensure the effective implementation of the programme was the call by the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Cde Abednico Ncube .
Members of parliament expressed optimism that the availability of water will also address food shortages through the development of irrigation schemes.
Of the 28 major dams in Matabeleland South Province, 26 are currently above 50 percent full while the remaining two have since receded.
Other departments that announced their 100 days’ plans includes the Environmental Management Authority, Forestry Commission and the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.