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DEVOLUTION FUNDS: RE-HYDRATING HURUNGWE

Ndisu tinofanira kukutendai. Mvura yabuda uye munhu wese arikufara. Magona shuwa tinotenda tava kukwanisa kuitawo maprojects eminda.” (We are supposed to be thanking you.Your service is excellent and the water was extracted successfully and everyone is happy. We are now looking forward to commencing horticulture projects) – exclaims Mr Chisvo and family after a borehole had been drilled in their area. The Chisvo family is among one of the many families that acknowledge the government for devolving funds to enhance people oriented development.

Background 

Time immemorial   the Hurungwe community was experiencing diverse problems such as poor sanitation, very long distances (10 km on average) in search of water supplies,high incidence of diseases and limited horticultural  activity and other off season farming activities. Evenmore, some remote areas could not afford hiring the respective equipment for borehole drilling and hence the presence of dry holes and dry areas. Clinics and schools were not spared from the dry spell and a large demand for the inadequate precious resource meant that some of the services could not function up to set standards.

Community gardens

The emergence of the Drill rig plays a pivotal role in addressing these issues and in development of the community. To date 10 boreholes have been drilled in wards and officially opened. The erection of community gardens is an ongoing process that has been initiated by the drilling of boreholes.These community gardens serve as education centers and also as collective revenue creation pools. Prior to 2020 rains,small farmers were running the risk of going out of business as dams ran dry and municipal water restrictions tightened. In this regard, to the previously incapacitated society, community and household boreholes mean that they do not have to adhere to municipal water restrictions and they are free to use as much water as required.

Distance relief

At Least four sub-centers for every one of the 26 wards in Hurungwe are benefiting from the borehole initiative and this cuts the previously very long distances to an approximate 1km radius on average. This means that each household can equally access water within plausible means. Equally worth noting is the fact that livestock can also access water from the borehole station where pseudo cattle troughs have been constructed.

Longterm investment

“These projects are in line with the National Development Strategy that encourages purchase of equipment and infrastructure development”- Hurungwe Rural District Council C.E.O.Mr Luke Kalavina.

The drill rig has a sinking capacity of 200 metres,and hence residential boreholes are the way of the future. As an asset that uses less energy to extract water than it does to obtain drinking water from a tap,a residential borehole is an investment that can last up to 20 years and longer.

Towards attaining town status

Hurungwe Rural District Council continues to aim towards the prerogative of attaining town status and this is inclusive of improved sanitation and sustainable resource management. In light of this ,the Rural District Council has engaged partners like CTDO and Danchurch Aid that are enhancing borehole water by bringing in tapped and solar piped water schemes.Evenmore ,the water refurbishment programs have sprawled to schools whereby the rural district council in conjunction with the Government are running Water Sanitation and Hygiene In Schools  Projects (WINS) in partnership with Unicef.This will then capacitate public services like clinics and schools in the interest of delimiting long distances and costs that may come with that.

Hurungwe Rural District Council continues to harvest appraisals for its use and disbursement of devolution funds towards developments that were being delayed by financial constraints. The Rural District Council has purchased a backhoe that is currently being used in the construction of Karoi-Binga road. This communication line will reduce the distance to Victoria Falls by nearly 300 km from the current estimated 1600 km. This will expose the district to a hive of commercial and tourism activity along that route. The council has also set up solar powered street lights using devolution funds and they were officially opened on 19 October 2021 by the Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution,Honourable Mary Mliswa Chikoka.

Prices 

There are two options:

  1. USD$1600 for 40metres and USD$40 for every additional metre after 40metres. This includes drilling and Casings only.
  2. USD$1000 for hiring equipment excluding fuel casings. Client to supply fuel and casings.

Please note: All the above prices do not include sitting. Sitting is to be done independently by the client. The client must pay for a permit to ZINWA before the borehole is drilled.

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