The City of Bulawayo has started implementing water and sanitation projects in 21 wards under the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP).
The BWSSIP project which was launched in October 2016, has the mandate of improving municipal water supply and sanitation services.
It is expected that at the end of the project, these activities would have contributed to the improvement of health and social wellbeing of the population of the City of Bulawayo.
The project is being implemented over a period of four years (2016 – 2019) and is expected to provide safe water and ensure safe disposal of sewerage, improve the efficiency of water and sanitation physical assets and enhance operations and financial efficiency of service delivery.
The project is made up of four components and will see improvements in water systems efficiency which will entail pumping and enhancing operational efficiency of the Criterion Water Works, improving the network in the Magwegwe and Criterion Reservoirs.
It is expected that this will assist the City of Bulawayo in reducing Non-Revenue Water losses and enhance operational efficiency supply of water to areas such as Cowdray Park.
The project focuses on environment management by ensuring that rehabilitation of sewerage infrastructure is carried out so as to reduce pollution from the sewer system.
Sewer rehabilitation will be done in the Southern Areas Sewer Treatment Works (SAST) catchment areas where broken trunks and outfall sewers and treatment works will be rehabilitated.
The project will rehabilitate Cowdray Park community sewerage and outfall sewers. The BWSSIP project also focuses on critical hot spots sections in the sewerage networks as well as rehabilitation of public toilets.
The BWSSIP project is will assist in the development of institutional capacity through the enhancement of City of Bulawayo staff through training and provision of essential operational equipment and maintenance equipment as well as training on project management, monitoring and evaluation, contract administration, procurement, financial management and project auditing services.
The City of Bulawayo is the executing agency to the African Development Fund grant.
The Government of Zimbabwe is the beneficiary of the grant awarded by the African Development Bank valued at US$37 million.
Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017