The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) will, starting this week, rehabilitate its sewer system as part of a multi-million-dollar project aimed at providing quality service to over 450 000 residents.
Council spokesperson Bongiwe Ngwenya on Monday said the project would be carried out under the auspices of Bulawayo Water and Sanitation Emergency Response (Bowser) with Dabane Trust and World Vision (Zimbabwe) providing technical assistance.
The project is being funded by the Australian government through the Aus Aid programme.
Ngwenya said repairs would be undertaken at the sewer outfalls in Magwegwe, Amaswazi and the Davis Granite in Sizinda, and is expected to be completed by August 22 this year.
“The project will consist of the replacement of damaged sections of the pipes, repair and replacement of reinforced concrete columns.
“During this period, the city of Bulawayo will divert flow of the sewer from the upstream to facilitate the rehabilitation of the sewer pipes,” she said.
Ngwenya said the project would include refurbishment of pump houses, clearing 45 sand traps and clearing of blockages.
“The project will include removal of excrement from sites for appropriate disposal and we will clear blockages through mechanical jetting and repair 800m of main outfall pipes.
“We will also seek to improve access to clean water through the city’s piped water system,” she said.
Ngwenya said the project was targeted at Bulawayo residents who reside in high density areas.
The Bowser project was launched at the beginning of June last year with the aim of reducing susceptibility to waterborne diseases in Bulawayo through improved sewage, water supply and capacity building of the City Council.