IN August, Treasury availed ZWL 205 million to help improve the water situation in Bulawayo with part of the funds earmarked for the emergency drilling, rehabilitation and equipping of boreholes at Epping Forest.
Following the release of the funds, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, being the project’s implementing entity and Government’s water resources management lead agency, immediately commenced work and stakeholders may recall that the Authority pledged to have the emergency works fully implemented and pumping to Bulawayo started by October 31, 2020.
The scope of work at Epping Forest entailed the drilling of 10 boreholes and equipping them together with 10 other boreholes which were already in existence.
ZINWA therefore wishes to advise stakeholders that since then commendable progress has been made with the Authority currently drilling the last of the 10 boreholes that were meant to be drilled under the project.
Seven boreholes have since been equipped while the equipping of the rest of the boreholes in underway with most components on site.
In terms of pumping and pipe work, the work is now substantially complete with only the energising (electrification) of the line being the only outstanding activity.
ZESA engineers are working flat out to have transformers fixed and getting the system energised within the shortest possible period.
However, ZINWA is already test-running the pumping system using gravity and by end of day on November 1, 2020, a total of 10, 4 megalitres (10 400 000 litres) of water had been pumped through the test runs. More test runs will be run once the system is fully energised in the coming days.
On completion of the project, Epping Forest should deliver an additional 10 megalitres (10 million litres) of water per day, taking the combined output from Epping Forest and Nyamandlovu (Rochester) to 20 megalitres (20 million litres) per day.
Bulawayo is also getting a daily average of 16 megalitres (16 million litres) of water from Mtshabezi Dam through the Mtshabezi Pipeline.
ZINWA wishes to thank all stakeholders for their support during the period and once again reiterates its commitment to a speedy and expeditious resolution of the Bulawayo water situation.
The Authority will keep updating stakeholders as the project progresses.
Mrs M. Munyonga
Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager
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