Government has reaffirmed its commitment to providing safe and clean water to its citizens as espoused in the country’s constitution.

This came out during the official commissioning of a US$40 million water treatment plant in Beitbridge by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko this Thursday (today).

In 2009 government committed itself to upgrading the Beitbridge water treatment plant in order to cater for the growth in population in the border town which is also the southern gateway of the country.

Vice President Mphoko who supervises the utilities and infrastructure development and social services and poverty eradication clusters said the plant is one of the projects that were earmarked for completion under the ZIM ASSET blueprint.

He expressed optimism that the availability of reliable water supplies will help attract investment in the fast growing town.

“Zimbabwe is engaged in negotiations with South Africa for the supply of excess water to the neighbouring country,” revealed Cde Mphoko.

The water treatment plant that has a capacity to pump 4000 cubic metres of water per hour was constructed by ZINWA in partnership with China International Water and Electric Corp.

The occasion was graced by the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of State Security, Cde Kembo Mohadi and the Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Christopher Chingosho, ZINWA officials among others.