In many rural communities on the African continent, women have to bear the brunt of fetching water for their household chores from long distances.

However, government is making sure water is availed at one’s doorsteps, even in rural areas.

In Zimbabwe, programmes that have been rolled out by government alongside donor partners such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) have seen the likes of Mrs Tendai Nhengu of Buhera’s Ndyarima area having the scarce resource at her doorstep.

The programme entails the provision of water tanks as well as solar powered pumps that will improve equitable use of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices. 

“The water which was availed this year has seen us being able to access water from the comfort of our own homes. I used to walk more than three kilometres to the nearest water source and given the size of my family, it was a major challenge,” Mrs Nhengu said.

Chairman of the Mupopa Piped Water Scheme, Mr Robert Nhengu, said they are pleased that rural areas are also now a major priority in the equitable use of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

“For us this is a key intervention by government. For many of us having water at our homestead was a dream but it has come true. Women no longer have to walk long distances in order to access water. This is real development,” he said.

For the residents of Ndyarima, the availability of water at their doorsteps also means they can improve their nutrition as they can have vegetables all year round as well as increase yields by making use of drip irrigation.