The African Water Facility (AWF) has given government a €2 million ($2,25m) grant to develop an Integrated Urban Water Management Masterplan for Marondera which would result in universal access to drinking water and sanitation by 2025.
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The project costs €2,3 million ($2,6m).
The Global Water Partnership and government will respectively finance 7% and 8% of the total project cost. The project duration is estimated at 30 months.
The approach would be applied to Marondera as a pilot project for future water management in other Zimbabwean municipalities, AWF said in a statement.
“The project will also address some of the city’s immediate water and sanitation infrastructure needs. It will also enhance the government and key stakeholders’ capacity to implement and sustainably maintain water and sanitation facilities,” AWF said.
The project is expected to increase access to improved water supply and sanitation services and would improve public health for the population of Marondera.
AWF said diarrhoea morbidity among under-five children was expected to drop to less than 5% in 2020 from 7,2% in 2010.
Access rate to drinking water and to sanitation would reach 100% by 2025 as against current respective rates of 77% and 63%.
Statistics showed that Zimbabwe’s drinking water indicators have declined over the past years to the current 77% from 79% in 1990.
Sanitation has declined to the current 63% from 67% during the same period.
It said that 97% of the properties in Marondera were directly connected to the municipal water supply network.