Simbarashe F Mushonga
Redcliff Town Council has begun the sewerage rehabilitation exercise in a bid to curb the challenge of a collapsed sewerage system that had become a menace to residents for a long period, this publication can reveal.
This is a welcome development for Simbi Park residents who have been at loggerheads with the council calling for solutions to the challenge. The ZCC Simbi Park main line sewer bursts have been flooding homes and roads for a long period.
“This ongoing move (sewerage system upgrade) is a success to us since the bursts have affected us as Simbi Park residents for more than a decade. It is a great initiative that is going to bring an everlasting solution to the challenge which had gone for a longer period. Roads and houses were filled with the sewerage flows, and it was threatening our health as residents especially our children,” said Nicholas Chingwaru, a resident of Simbi Park.
Speaking in an interview with this publication, Redcliff Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva said that the exercise being a fully council funded project, is aimed at reducing sewerage bursts in the high density area where pipes have become too small to withstand the load, and pressure in most cases when tape water is available.
“This project is a council funded project being done internally and it will reduce sewer problems. Remember due to the increased growth of Simbi Park, there is need to upgrade the reticulation,” said Masiyatsva.
The greater part of ZCC Simbi Park area was previously left out by the African Development Bank (AFDB) funded Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project Phase II which replenished most of the sewerage burst hotspots in Rutendo suburb.
Meanwhile residents have, however expressed candid discontent on poor services being rendered, one resident identified as Mr Danda urged the council to continue doing better for the benefit of the residents.
“While development to improve service delivery is paramount, their present service is very poor as if it does not exist. There is litter everywhere, no water, no refuse collection service, what else there is nothing they are providing to the community,” said Danda.
Commenting on the constraints to adequate and proper service provision, Mayor Masiyatsva fingered low revenue inflows, lack of resources and unwillingness by residents to pay their dues as factors crippling the council from fully delivering its obligations.
“Due to erratic supply of water from Kwekwe City our revenue inflows are not that good. As far as refuse collection is concerned we now have a tipper truck and soon it will complement the refuse compactor and tractor on refuse collection. We are also planning to do more clean-up campaigns. We have a bill which is now more than 100 million and there is nothing much of the side of the council due to non-payment by residents towards water consumed,” said Masiyatsva.
A well functional sewerage system, refuse collection and consistent water supply ensures residents safety from resurgence of communicable diseases such as typhoid and cholera which previously ravaged the former mining town several years aback.
Meanwhile, Redcliff council continue to wait in limbo as the proposed handover of water authority to Kwekwe City has so far not yielded positive results with the latter being said to be consulting relevant stakeholders.