Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate on Monday launched the National Command Water Harvesting Programme meant to enhance water harvesting and help communities adapt and mitigate against the adverse impact of climate change.
Addressing journalists in the capital, Environment, Water and Climate minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said her ministry has already notified parliamentarians of the programme which will see each constituency getting four boreholes each.
“Honorable Members of parliament will recall that last week they received a letter from my ministry notifying them to submit four top priority borehole sites to be drilled in their respective constituencies under the command water harvesting programme,
“The programme has started in earnest and is being implemented in the broad context of the ministry’s identified 100-day Quick Wins programme as guided by His Excellency ,Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa,” she said.
According to Muchinguri, drilling rigs have already been deployed to a few constituencies with the programme continuing until the whole country is covered.
“Late last week ZINWA deployed drilling rigs for the programme to Beitbridge East Constituency, Mat North Binga South Constituency at Manyanda Secondary School,
“Yesterday two more rigs were deployed in Chivi North Constituency and another in the Midlands province in Zhombe Constituency,
“This programming will continue until we cover the whole country,” said Muchinguri.
“We are also implementing the Roof Tops Water Harvesting Programme in both rural and urban areas such as Muntu Clinic in Umguza Constituency, Masikandoro Clinic in Marondera East Constituency and Mupotezi Clinic in Mutasa North Constituency,
“These programmes are meant to enhance water harvesting and make our communities adapt and mitigate against the adverse impacts of climate variability and climate change,
“The success of the programme will no doubt enhance food security through community gardens, stock watering and nutrition which are all in line with the ZIMASSET vision of an Empowered Society and Growing Economy,” added Muchinguri.
She further urged parliamentarians to urgently submit the four priority borehole sites that will be drilled during this programme to the Ministry onward submission to the drilling teams.