UNICEF plans to fix water, sewage plants

UNICEF has stopped supplying chemicals to 20 local authorities and moved its focus to the dilapidated infrastructure of water and sewage plants.

The country representative Peter Salama told The Zimbabwean this week that his organization would not abandon Zimbabwe’s towns and cities just yet.

“We have had confirmation from the urban councils that they are now able to supply themselves with chemicals so we have moved on to an Emergency Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction programme that will concentrate on the rehabilitation of water and sewage plants,” said Salama.

Four years ago UNICEF came to the rescue of urban authorities struggling to supply water following decades of neglect by the Zanu (PF)-led government.

The darkest period of the decay was marked by the death of more than4000 people in 2008 from a cholera outbreak.

Water leaks are a common feature in most towns and cities, while sewage burst are common, especially in densely populated dormitory suburbs such as Chitungwiza, which still does not have reliable water supplies.

“Urban councils will be responsible for water treatment, while we will invest money in the rehabilitation and engineering of water and sewage plants,” said Salama.

Towns like Marondera have benefited from the programme.

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