AWF project seeks to improve Zimbabwe water and sewerage system

water MuffetThe AWF project is expected to provide clean drinking water to Chitungwiza. (Image source: Muffet/Flickr)The African Water Facility (AWF) has launched a project worth US$3mn in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, in an attempt to ensure proper water supply and rehabilitate sewerage systems

A statement from AWF said that this investment by the AWF will improve hygiene, health and social well-being of an estimated 350,000 people by reducing the incidences of water-borne and related diseases such as cholera and typhoid, through a system better equipped to provide drinkable water and removing sewage from residential areas.

The statement added that the project which was launched in January 2012 and completed in February 2013, sought to stabilise the deterioration in the provision of water and sanitation services in the Municipality of Chitungwiza.

AWF coordinator Akissa Bahri said, “We laid great stress on this project as a means to help Chitungwiza quickly recover from years of poor water supply and sanitation service delivery and improve people’s lives.

“It is hoped that the results will also contribute to building stakeholder confidence, catalysing donor resources and generating knowledge on transitional assistance.”

Chitungwiza has borne the brunt of cholera epidemics, and will be counting on this intervention to avert another outbreak. With the construction required for the project almost complete, AWF has planned to handover the project to the Municipality of Chitungwiza.

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