By Clive Makumbe
MEMBERS of the Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) in Ward 9 have played a leading role in ensuring that people in their area have access to clean drinking water.
Mkoba Village 1 has one functional borehole, which supplies over 10,000 residents.
For many years, residents have been fetching water from the Mkoba 1 police station and a nearby river.
Members of the association in the area took to task the Ward 9 councillor, Charles Chikozho at a recent meeting over the water crisis.
In response to the issues raised at the meeting, Chikozho, said the Gweru City Council was facing serious financial constraints.
A committee was set up to lobby the Gweru City Council for long-term solutions to the water shortages. The committee has since held meetings with Gweru Mayor Josiah Makombe, during which they have demanded clean drinking water.
Their efforts were not in vain. A water tap was eventually stalled.
The women in the village are ecstatic about having clean water and not having to walk long distances to fetch water from the river.
“Due to regular follow ups and coordination, we have been successful. It has eased our workload and made our life simple. We would like to thank everyone involved in this process,” GRRA member Agnes Chirimuti said.
In a telephone interview, Makombe, said the city was facing critical water shortages.
“We currently pump 45,000 mega-litres of water per day, which is just below half of the city’s daily requirement. To avert acute water shortages, council is upgrading the pumping capacity at Amapongokwe dam,” he said.
Makombe said residents should use water responsibly.