Masvingo City Council has received $200 000 from the Constitutional Provision which will be channelled towards the drilling of boreholes as water woes continue mounting for the city.
The city council’s pumping capacity is failing to meet the demand and the situation has been exacerbated by the current power cuts which at times see the Bushmead Water Works go for longer hours without electricity.
Most residential areas on high ground go for weeks without running tap water and residents rely on water from unprotected sources.
“We received $200 000 from the Constitutional Provision and your council resolved to drill boreholes in order to alleviate the water crisis being faced by the city. We anticipate boreholes to be operational in September 2019,” reads part of the Finance and General Purposes minutes.
At present, Masvingo City Council has no single borehole to their name with the current existing ones, which have helped a lot during the water crisis, belonging to ActionFaim.
What needs to be seen is whether the council will drill their own boreholes or they will refurbish the existing ones at what budget.
When the water challenges began sometime early this year due to pump breakdown, the city council had promised to install storage tanks in the most affected areas to mitigate the crisis but the tanks were never seen.
In June last year, the findings of the Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) confirmed that most of the borehole water in the city was unsafe for drinking and residents were warned against consuming it because it does not meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.
Mayor Collen Maboke said the city council is channelling its resources towards ensuring that the water situation is improved.