By Loveness Nyathi @lovie1988
LUVEVE residents got blessed once again with safer water as one of their sons drilled more boreholes around the suburb under the Lot Water Project.
The provision of alternative safe water for Luveve residents was initiated by Innocent Hadebe after several lives were lost during an outbreak of a gastro-intestinal disease in the suburb in 2020.
Sifiso Masuku, an Old Luveve resident, expressed gratitude to the founder of the Lot Water Project and said what makes her happy is that the boreholes are situated at schools making the children, who spend most of their time at schools, safe from contaminated water.
Mr N Ngwenya, Vice Chair for Gwabalanda Development Committee, said the solar powered borehole in Gwabalanda is a major boost as people have access to water during water shedding and some get water late at night even after the City Council opens water in the morning.
“Our residents now have access to clean water and because of the availability of water all day the chances of getting diarrhea are low”, he said.
Musawenkosi Mathuthu a young woman from Gwabalanda also said that the availability of the water from the new borehole helps them when there is no water at home because they get water to wash their clothes, bath and wash their dishes.
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The latest three boreholes are situated at Luveve Primary School, Inzwananzi Primary School and Ugandan Martyrs Roman Catholic Church brings to six the total number of boreholes drilled by the organisation in the Luveve Constituency.
This includes one in Cowdray Park Primary.
Luveve constituency’s first female Member of Parliament, Mrs Stella Ndlovu said the boreholes come at the right time due to the reintroduction of the water rationing by the Bulawayo City Council.
She expressed gratitude to Lot Water Project founder, Hadebe whom she applauded as being community-centred having initiated the project when several lives were lost during an outbreak dysentery in 2020.
“We have many people in the diaspora and Hadebe is one of the few to think about ploughing back home and implementing projects that have an impact on the whole community and not just for himself.
“Water is critical and as you know it’s in short supply in Bulawayo, so these boreholes will go a long way in assisting the communities and institutions they are located in. Most schools now have gardening projects and the borehole water will come in handy,” she said.
Inzwananzi headmistress, Mrs Ruth Nyoni said they are excited about the borehole as it will alleviate the huge water bill they have been racking up.
“We are very much grateful for what The Lot Water Project has done for the school, we were in dire need of water for our garden project. The city council water has become very expensive, which left us with no garden at all.
“The water is also going to assist the community around the school and with the availability of water, we will be able to set up an orchard within the school,” she said.
Mr Hadebe, who is based in the United States, said they are happy to have been able to drill three boreholes at a go.
“We are grateful to our partners who made it possible for us to be able to drill three boreholes at a go.
“The setting up of the boreholes brings joy as it comes at a time when Bulawayo is again experiencing water rationing and people are forced to seek alternative sources of water.
“Another milestone for The Lot Project is the fact the three boreholes were drilled six months after we officially launched three other boreholes in Cowdray Park at Cowdray Park Primary School in April,” he said.
The first borehole was drilled in September 2020 with the second one coming on board three months later and the third one was drilled at the beginning of this year.
“We are also delighted that the availability of water will enhance the agriculture lessons in the schools where the boreholes are located.
“At Lot Project we believe agriculture is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy and will continue to be so in the long run hence ensuring there is a wide pool of youngsters who emerge from school with farming knowledge will boost and expand the sector,” said Mr Hadebe.