BY Wallace Mawire, The Afro News International
A peri-urban rooftop rainwater harvesting (PROOF) programme to be initiated by International Relief and Development (IRD) is set to provide clean water to primary schools in high density areas of the municipalities of Harare and Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe.
IRD is an international,non-governmental,relief and development agency.The PROOF programme is funded by USAID/OFDA.
According to IRD, it will install rainwater harvesting systems
(RWHS) at schools.The systems will consist of several tanks supplied through a system of gutters collecting rain-water from rooftops.
Five primary schools of the municipalities of Harare and Chitungwiza will initially be targeted namely Mwandishe at Mabvuku, Gwinyai at Mbare,Tasimukira at Chitungwiza,Budiriro 5 at Budiriro and Glen View 8 Primary School.
Zimbabwe’s urban communities have been severely affected by lack of constant water supply.This has resulted in some of the communities accessing unclean water falling prone to disease.