CONSTRUCTION work at the water treatment plant for the Matabeleland North capital Lupane is set to resume in March after stalling due to shortage of funding.
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) Gwayi catchment manager Fortune Musoni confirmed that construction of the $3 million plant that would treat water from the Bubi-Lupane Dam would resume next month.
“I am convinced that the treatment plant will be fully functional in the first quarter of this year and the perennial water problems of the provincial capital will be over,” he said.
Musoni said water in the Bubi-Lupane Dam was currently at 40,3 million cubic metres but because it was untreated, it only benefitted construction companies in the area.
“The water from the dam is currently used by Lupane State University for their construction purposes and we only connected a pipeline to them because water for building purposes does not require any treatment,” he said.
The dam is expected to provide more than 60 000 people with consistent water supply while boosting agricultural activities in the area. The construction of the purification plant started in 2011 and the provincial capital has been relying on only four boreholes for water supplies.