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Community Borehole: Relief for Luveve Water Woes

In 2020, Luveve and Cowdray Park were the epicenter of a diarrhoea and typhoid outbreak. Local residents experienced the ordeal of having to constantly dice with death, as the twin perils of COVID-19 and water-borne disease stalked the area.

The depth of the water borne infections that gripped Bulawayo propelled a community based in the diaspora to drill a borehole for community members in Luveve and Cowdray Park.

It is in this regard that Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) attended a hand over ceremony which was graced by Honourable Stella Ndlovu, the Member of Parliament for Luveve Constituency and Honourable Jasmine Toffa, the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province who was the guest of honor at the event.

Hon Ndlovu extended her gratitude to Luveve residents who were involved in this initiative.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to our children who have done a tremendous job by drilling a much-needed borehole in our community,” said Hon Ndlovu.

During the meeting, Honourable Toffa unpacked how the disparity between supply and demand forces people to resort to unsafe sources of water, such as unprotected deep wells, and contaminated streams whose water quality is questionable.

Residents highlighted that the drilling of a borehole was a welcome move because residents had become victims to exploitation as other residents were now selling water for $2.

“Those with the privilege to get water were now selling the water to us but I am happy to say that the struggle is over,” said one of the jovial residents.

Residents applauded the initiative considering that access to water has become a daily struggle in Bulawayo, largely as a result of the severe drought experienced last year which dried up the reservoirs.



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