About 70% of community water boreholes in the Nyamapanda area have dried up, leaving the border town in a precarious water crisis which indicates a fast depleting water table in Zimbabwe’s dry agro-ecological region 5.
As if it is not enough, the water obtained in the community is salty and partly contaminated with underground chemicals that makes it difficult for people to consume or use it for any other domestic purposes like bathing and laundry.
The main borehole at the center of community needs is around sixty meters deep and was installed in 1991. It is now old and rusty which indicates an outlived lifespan. The water point is busy throughout the day and night. Women who fetch water at the borehole have lamented the shortage of adequate water supply handy for the sustenance of the community.
The insufficient supply of handy water to the Nyamapanda community has had a negative impact on the school performance of children as the circumstances now force them to spend over 70% of their time searching for water. Even to women, this water problem has actually become a form of disempowerment as they spend most of their productive time queuing at the borehole.
“Our children are being asked to bring their own drinking water in bottles by school authorities at Nyamapanda Primary School”, said a mother at the borehole point.
Another woman at the same water point identified as Mai Kuda added that the situation is bound to worsen come October due to the continued depleting of the water table.
The government must invest in more boreholes and water harvesting initiatives to save the dry community from the adverse effects of climate change.