Chegutu Municipality embarks on massive water and sewer system upgrade


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Journalists from Mashonaland West last week toured various water and sewer projects that are being undertaken by Chegutu Municipality.
The town was hit hard by cholera in 2008, recording over 200 deaths and in hedging the community from any eventualities, they invested in a water and sewer reticulation system to replace the old pipes.
The tour was organised by the Municipality of Chegutu in partnership with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Mashonaland West Chapter.
Reporters in the province are carrying forward the 2024 World Press Freedom Day theme: “Positioning the media to Amplify the environmental story for a sustainable future” to play their part in a sustainable future.
Media personnel were informed that the council had embarked on comprehensive water and sewer reticulation projects in the densely populated old location and Pfupajena township.
Addressing the media during the tour, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) engineer, Mr Raphael Kunda said Chegutu is a town that developed in the early 60’s hence the need to upgrade the old system by expanding the sewer network and installing bigger pipes and pumps in the area.
Mr. Kunda said a total of 56 kilometers of network coverage of the wastewater system and a target of 26 kilometers is to be upgraded with 4 kilometers to be completed this year.
Mrs. Caroline Mbonani who was born in the “Z” area of the old location, said “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the municipal bosses for upgrading our area. The new sewer reticulation system, tap water, and improved street lighting have transformed our community. We no longer have to worry about sewer-flooded streets. Our children can now play safely outside and our homes are now more valuable. Thank you for investing in our neighborhood and improving our quality of life. Your efforts have made a huge difference and we appreciate your dedication to making the Chegutu community a better place!”
Ward 8 Councillor, Colin Mhara said his area was once ravaged by cholera, claiming lives and leaving many families devastated.
“But we vowed to learn from that dark period and work towards a safer, healthier future. With the installation of a new sewer reticulation system and improved water infrastructure, we have turned the tide against waterborne diseases. Our community is now a shining example of resilience and determination. Let us continue to work together to ensure that our community remains a safe and healthy haven for all,” he said.