Two solar-piped water schemes have been commissioned at Majiji village in Bubi, with a call for villagers to utilise the projects to foster development in the area.

It was a memorable day for Majiji villagers as a long held dream of accessing quality and safe water came to fruition through a programme funded by a United Kingdom non-governmental organisation, UK Natcom.

Bubi district saw Majiji, Lukala and Rafs being selected for the solar powered piped water project with five reservoir tanks that will supply 18 000 litres daily being set up.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony for the Majiji site, the Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province Cde Richard Moyo, who was represented by the deputy director in his office, Mr Tapera Mugoriya challenged communities to take advantage of such initiatives to foster development.

“Besides using this water for domestic purposes, as a province we want to promote a commercial approach to the use of water. Schools should have small commercially run gardens that can generate funds for development. You can’t be watching water pipes passing through you while you are not being productive. We hope to be called one day to be shown some of the things bought from the garden projects’ proceeds,” he said.

District water and sanitation chairman, Mr Vusisizwe Ncube described the project as a state of the art facility which requires all villagers to have a sense of ownership.

“For the first time in the district, we have state of the art technology. An engineer can control it from the office. He can monitor its correct usage. This means it came more improved than all other piped schemes,” said Mr Ncube.

Villagers and school representatives expressed their excitement at the development, revealing that the area had been experiencing severe water challenges.

“I’m so thrilled with the effort put by community members. The way water was a challenge, it is a dream come true for us and we are so thankful,” said one community leader, Mr Mlambo.

“It’s a very exciting development in the sense that sanitation and hygiene is going to improve the livelihoods of our teachers and our learners in schools. We are excited that some of the programming at our schools will be successful now that we have reliable sources of water,” said Mr Kelvin Mathe, Bubi district schools inspector.

The Majiji community was urged to safeguard the infrastructure to avoid stalling development in the area owing to vandalism of installed projects.