By Johannes Chin’ombe
Chivi, August 29, 2016 – THE devastating effects of the El Nino-induced drought are taking a toll in Chivi district with communities now faced with an acute water shortage after their main sources of water are now drying up due to a declining water table.
It has emerged that boreholes in the area are pumping out air since they are no longer within reach of the water table.
Speaking during belated Zanu PF victory celebrations recently, Ward 17 Chairperson, Eddie Chikati told Chivi Central MP, Ephraim Gwanongodza that villagers in the Masvingo province constituency were struggling to get water.
“Am sorry to say this honorable but as a constituency who voted you in, we should tell you that we have no water sources here. Right here where we are seated was a dam from which livestock drank and villagers were also able to acquire water from that dam to water their gardens. Now it’s just a mere meeting place.
“It was our wish then to have local dams resuscitated. Still on water availability, six villages are receiving water from one borehole. If it wasn’t for this gathering, you would have seen hordes of people queuing to get water. We are in trouble,” Chikwati said.
Gwanongodza, on his part, said the water crisis looming in Chivi was cause for concern and government was working hard to ensure that there was provision for clean water for everyone.
“The issue with water in Chivi is serious. The whole borehole system needs an overhaul because the depth is no longer viable.
“Chivi is a dry area and most boreholes were drilled with a depth of 40 meters which can only sustain people during the rainy season when the water table rises.
“During the dry season, the water table gets very low; beyond the reach of the pipes so we need to drill deeper, beyond 60 metres,” said Gwanongodza.
“The government knows what is going on and there are plans to roll out borehole projects soon,” he added.
Livestock is also affected by the dry spell and people are digging in the river beds to salvage the remaining water spots for their animals.