By Lerato Ndlovu
Karoi’s two dams have failed to meet the town’s water demands and council is working on creating trenches that reach Magunje dam.
The move will address Karoi residents’ water woes.
The council is contemplating on having 30 kilometre long trenches that draw water from Magunje Dam and ensure that everyone has access to water.
This was revealed by Karoi Town Secretary, Wellington Mutikani while on a tour with Minister of Presidential Affairs and Monitoring the Implementation of Government Programmes, Jorum Gumbo.
“The town’s sudden growth is steering water challenges, the two sources we relied on can no longer sustain the locals water needs and as a council we have plans on drawing water from Magunje Dam which is 30 kilometres away.”
Dr Mutikani added that progress was being derailed as they were still to get approval and funds from the responsible ministry.
“The project requires a lot of money and we hope for intervention from the central government and the Treasury so that the water problems are addressed,” he added.
He also highlighted that government had disbursed funds for four kilometres of road in the town through the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) to attend to the roads that were damaged due to incessant rains.
Responding to his proposal, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Mashonaland West province, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka urged the council to engage private players especially those in the tobacco industry so they can assist as a social responsibility.
She added that there was a need to also engage Hurungwe Rural District Council for the project as it stands to benefit it too at the end.