Command water harvesting gathers pace in Sanyati

The Command Water Harvesting program in Sanyati Catchment has gained momentum following the commencement of work at seven sites, Catchment Manager, Eng Felix Mubvaruri has said.
This comes on the back of the completion of work at six other Command Water Harvesting sites which brings the number of sites that have either been completed or are under construction in the Catchment to thirteen.
The seven sites where construction work is underway are Mutombwera weir in Mahusekwa, Mayorca dam in Silobela, Chishuku weir in Chirumhanzu, Hleziyano weir in Gokwe, Nyokandove weir in Ngezi and Hlabano Primary School in Insukamini where roof top water harvesting infrastructure is being set up.
In order to ensure smooth administration of the program, the Catchment came up with a system whereby a team of engineers and technicians were assigned specific areas to oversee and according to Eng Mubvaruri this approach has so far yield considerably positive results.
“The way we are implementing the Command Water Harvesting program is that we divided our Catchment into eight districts namely Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Chirumhanzu, Kwekwe, Shurugwi, Lower Gweru, Mhondoro-Ngezi and Mhondoro-Sanyati. We then assigned an engineer or technician to supervise water harvesting projects in each district and I’m glad that so far, our strategy has been effective,” he said.
A total of 364 command water harvesting projects have so far been identified in Sanyati and according to Eng Mubvaruri a few more sites are yet to be identified in some districts.
Asked to shed light on the challenges the Catchment is facing in implementing the command water harvesting initiative, Eng Mubvaruri said besides resource constraints, low level of participation by community members was slowing down progress in some areas.
Eng Mubvaruri highlighted that communities are expected to play an active role in mobilising locally available resources in order for the program to be a success.
“Active community participation is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of Command Water Harvesting, yet in some areas, we have had to deal with communities that are not forthcoming in terms of mobilising locally available resources,” he said.

8 thoughts on “Command water harvesting gathers pace in Sanyati

  1. Jonathan Gochera Reply

    Very informative article is there anywhere I can communicate to Eng Felix Mubvaruri regarding this project.

      • Oliver Chapeyama Reply

        Interesting article. Could the author please provide more details regarding this water harvesting initiative? Specific details regarding the types/features of the WH technologies, what “locally available resources” community members are expected to contribute and how these projects fit into overall catchment rehabilitation programmes would be useful.
        Is Eng Mubvaruri also on email? It is not always possible to call.

  2. F NYABADZA Reply

    The issue of water harvesting is of paramount importance in consideration of current thrust to maximize productivity in agriculture. It’s absolutely imperative that we endeavor to harness as much rain water as we can, before it waste fully drains to the oceans.
    I would like to find out from the publisher whether there is any such ‘Command Water harvesting project’ in the Rusape/Makoni area, and secondly whether it’s applicable to private properties.

  3. Victor Mguni Reply

    I am interested in drilling a borehole at my parents’ homestead situated near Ganyungu School. Does the Sanyati Catchment provide such services? If so, how do I get a quotation and who should I contact.

    Thank you,
    Victor Mguni.

  4. godfrey chikowore Reply

    Command Water Harvesting is quite promising a conduit on rural industrialization efforts. Better still there is need to strategically couple this with productive enterprises at townships thus altering the socioeconomic cultural complexion of the rural communities gradually and consistently.

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