In support of the government’s initiative to repair infrastructure for economic growth, water and sanitation have been noted as key in the development of communities.

Water and sanitation remain a challenge in some parts of the country as councils continue to discharge raw sewer in the water bodies.

Combined Harare Residents Association CEO, Mr Mfundo Milo expressed concern over failure by the Harare City Council to provide safe and sufficient water to residence.

However, efforts have been made by the government and the World Bank through the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund under the National Water Project to make sure people enjoy the right to water.

World Bank Group Country Manager, Ms Mukami Kariuki said the financial institution unveiled a $10 million facility for the first phase of the project which will see a number of towns and cities infrastructure being developed and water challenges resolved.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development Executive Director, Khumbulani Murenga and the Netherlands Ambassador, Barbara van Hellemond highlighted some of the strategies Zimbabwe could use to ensure the sustainable use of water.

As stipulated in the declaration of rights in the Constitution of Zimbabwe in 2013, water is a human right.