$10 m for water project

The Minister of Finance Tendai Biti has released $10 million for the resuscitation of the Marondera Municipality Water Works.

Tendai Biti
Tendai Biti

The minister, who was here recently as part of his country-wide national budget consultation visit, ordered top officials in his ministry to speedily facilitate the $10 million bank transfer to Marondera.

“Minister Biti favourably responded to our plight regarding improvement of clean and regular supplies of water. He instructed officers from his office to disburse $10 million towards our water needs. The cash injection would go a long way towards addressing the water crises in the town.

As we speak, the council finance department is providing Minister Biti’s office with relevant bank details,” said Marondera Mayor, Farai Nyandoro. Like other towns, Marondera experiences acute water shortages due to financial constraints.

The town needs water purification chemicals as water drawn from supply dams is choked with sewage. The water treatment plant and reservoir tanks need development as they can no longer cope with the ever growing demand for water from residents and business enterprises.

Last month Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai emphasised the urgent need for an injection of resources into the council water project.

“The Marondera water project will be among the government’s top priorities in the next national budget. Funds will be provided for the expansion of the water works and reservoir tanks”.

Besides the need for expansion of the water works, the council is also working on the Wenimbe Water Project to provide the town with safe water. A contracted company resumed work on the pipe-line and the project is expected to be completed soon.

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