Zimbabwe: DDF Targets 700 Boreholes for Rehab

The District Development Fund (DDF) is rehabilitating 700 boreholes across Mashonaland West Province to provide people with clean and safe water.

DDF Mashonaland West coordinator, Erikana Chikande said boreholes earmarked for rehabilitation were in all the seven districts across the province.

"We are currently working to rehabilitate 100 boreholes in each district so as to eradicate water challenges at every level of our communities," he said.

"Ministries of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, and Women's Affairs will provide labour during the rehabilitation process."

"We have also started drilling boreholes to service our isolation and quarantine centres, as a temporary measure we have planned to deploy water bowsers to those centres."

He said the Ministry of Health and Child Care will provide names of the centres that require water bowsers.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland West, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka said the provincial taskforce team on Covid-19 revealed the need for clean and safe water.

"As a province, we realised that a lot of our boreholes have dried up, while water challenges in towns have also a great impact on the isolation and quarantine centres.

"DDF then thought of deploying 10 000-litre water bowsers to each isolation and quarantine centre in the province," she said.

Minister Mliswa hygienic practices were vital in the fight against Covid-19 thus, the need for safer and clean water was important.

DDF has also activated its roads section to ensure that roads to the isolation and quarantine centres are accessible.

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