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Zimborders Consortium upgrades Beitbridge water system

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Zimborders Consortium upgrades Beitbridge water system

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REBECCA MAZVIDZA
TWO NATIONS REPORTER

BEITBRIDGE – Beitbridge Municipality has been given charge of a water reticulation system and an 11.4 mega litre reservoir constructed by Zimborders Consortium as part of the US$300 million Beitbridge Border Post modernization project.
The handover was done on Friday last week by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo, after receiving it from from the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Felix Mhona, whose ministry was responsible for the border upgrade.
Moyo, Mhona, Beitbridge Town Clerk Loud Ramakgapola, Mayor Munyaradzi Chitsunge among other dignitaries attended the ceremony.
An animal plant, quarantine facility, 220 housing units for border employees, a new fire station and a new sewer oxidation dam are part of the out-of-port works done by the consortium.
The Municipality will be responsible for administration of the water reservoir through treatment, reticulating, metering and revenue collection. The 11, 4 mega litres reservoir will see the local authority supplying 28, 4 mega from its capacity of 17 mega litres a day.
Moyo urged the municipality to have a proper water accounting system as plans are also afoot to sell the precious liquid across the border.
“While we are giving you the authority of the water supply system, we want you to have proper accounting of the water. We are also looking into supplying the country and beyond in the future,” said Moyo
Chitsunge said the additional water distribution facility will enable the local authority to meet the town’s water supply demand.
“Our water supply is going to increase and the additional water distribution facility will also help us meet residents’ water demand. We also urge residents and Government departments to pay up their water bills arrears,” said Chitsunge.
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) recently handed over another water treatment plant to the municipality after a long standoff owing to debts. Residents would at time go for weeks without tap water.

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