Beware: Thieves Target City Boreholes In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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Bulawayo City councillors are concerned about the theft of solar panels and vandalism of the solar-powered boreholes at a time when the city is facing acute water shortages.


The local authority is implementing a 48-hour water rationing regime citing burst pipes at the Flowserver raw water pipeline and the ongoing Bulawayo water and sewer services improvement project (BWSSIP).

Boreholes have become an alternative source of water for desperate residents.

But latest council minutes reveal that there is increasing theft of solar panels and vandalism of solar power boreholes in the city, further piling more misery on residents.

In the minutes, councillor Lilian Mlilo said some of the targeted boreholes were sunk by humanitarian organisations such as Africa Ahead.

"Most of these boreholes were solar powered. Solar panels had since been stolen and some of the borehole equipment vandalised.
Beware: Thieves Target City Boreholes In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Beware: Thieves Target City Boreholes In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
"Most of the residents in Ward 12 had no water," Mlilo said.

"When residents made reports, they were referred back to the non-governmental organisation by council staff members."

Councillor Febbie Msipha pleaded with communities to safeguard the boreholes from vandalism.

"Residents had appreciated the donation and borehole committees had been established," Msipha said.

"The borehole committees should therefore safeguard the equipment and facilitate repairs of the same in the case of breakdowns."

In response, Councillor Siboniso Khumalo said it was the duty of residents and communities to report the theft to the police.

"The issue of theft and vandalism should be reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Borehole water was not fit for drinking.

"It was safer to use borehole water for non-portable use such as washing, cleaning and watering," read the minutes.

Bulawayo deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube said residents should be responsible for their infrastructure.

The minutes did not state how many solar panels have been stolen or vandalised.

A fortnight ago, a diarrhoea outbreak blamed on water contamination resulting from the water shedding regime was reported in the city.

Diarrhoea is now endemic in the city. In 2020, over a dozen people succumbed to a diarrhoea outbreak that also infected over a thousand of other residents.

Source: The Standard

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Five Facts About Borehole Drilling That You Need To Take Note Of:
1. Know Your Borehole Casings:The Preferred Borehole Casing In Zimbabwe Is Class 9 and 10 (Pressure Classes.)This is because Class 9 and Class 10 Casings are more collapse resistant. The strength of a Casing is often described as collapse resistance.

2. Borehole Drilling Depth: The exact depth, of where the water is located, cannot be established by the drilling contractor nor the Water Surveyor (Borehole Siter).

3. The Is No 100% Guarantee On Water: It is important to note that it is never a 100% guarantee that any hole will yield water, the amount and water quality can also not be guaranteed by the drilling contractor and water surveyor.

4. Borehole Siting or Water Surveying Is Important: Making use of a hydrologist or traditional water diviner will increase your chances of having a successful borehole that will yield a sufficient amount of water.

5. Know The Risks: The risk of the borehole drilling lies with the property owner. The client will still be liable for the drilling costs irrespective of a borehole yielding water or not.

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