Govt orders registration of boreholes

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Government has ordered all borehole owners and prospective owners to register with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) to curb unnecessary drilling of boreholes and preserve underground water.

The Water Resources Development and Management ministry said in a statement that all boreholes in the country and new ones to be drilled should be registered with Zinwa’s department of groundwater.

“With effect from 2nd May to 30th June 2012, all borehole owners should register their boreholes with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority or the nearest catchment council offices,” the statement said.

Water Resources minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo in an interview on Monday said water management was necessary, pointing out: “We need to know its (borehole) depth, yield and that will give us an idea of the water quantities in that particular area. We want to make sure that these boreholes are apart enough from one another. We need to know how many boreholes are there and what quantities they produce.”

Nkomo added there was need for borehole-drilling firms to register their companies with Zinwa so that they could also be monitored.

“We also want the companies who drill boreholes to be registered with us because we have realised that some of the companies have been doing sub-standard work and we get complaints from those who would have had boreholes drilled,” the minister said.

The ministry also demanded all water bottling firms to register with Zinwa before June 30 and failure to do so would attract a fine.