Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Phase 2


  • Reference: P-ZW-E00-003
  • Approval date: 07/10/2013
  • Start date: 10/07/2014
  • Appraisal Date: 15/06/2012
  • Status: OngoingOnGo


Component 1 - Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure: Water Supply Rehabilitation of pumping stations and equipment (Harare, Ruwa and Redcliff) Bulk and domestic metering (Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff) Distribution system repairs and replacements (Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff) Water supplies for vulnerable communities (Harare and Chitugwiza) Operation and maintenance equipment. Sanitation Rehabilitation of sewage pumping stations and equipment (Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff) Rehabilitation of outfall and trunk sewers (Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa) Rehabilitation / replacement of sewer lines (Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff) Operation and maintenance equipment. Component 2 - Hygiene Promotion

This component will address the specific hygiene needs of vulnerable communities most affected by poor water and sanitation service delivery and frequent WASH related disease outbreaks will through targeted hygiene promotion activities to complement the water supply to these communities. The following activities will be carried out under this component:

Mapping of vulnerable households in each of the high density areas. This will enable the project to ensure equity in service delivery. Vulnerable households will include those with children under-five years of age, and may also include those with disabled persons, those living next to dumpsites and sewerage hot spots. Detailed formative research to understand community experience and knowledge concerning hygiene issues. Government Guidelines for Urban Hygiene Promotion will be used. Development of Hygiene promotion plan and tools Implementation of city specific hygiene promotion Monitoring and evaluation. Component 3 - Institutional Capacity Building

Carrying out assessment of previous capacity building, determine priority areas and carry out training that contribute to improvement of service delivery and streamline in the works packages and goods supply. Provision of billing software and necessary equipment and training for all town to improve on revenue collection (and management). Provide TA for Harare NRW Study, strategy and program development and establishment of dedicated leak detection unit (including detailed scope with tender document preparation). Preparation of Investment for Ruwa and Redcliff

Component 4 - Project Management and Engineering Services

Under this component, the project will engage the services of project Implementing Entity (IE). The IE will specifically carry out initial scoping assessments to re-validate the scope defined in the project appraisal report and prepare detailed scope of works/TORs for all components and supplying the necessary details to the Procurement Agent for tendering and thereafter supervise the implementation. The IE will be responsible for overall delivery of the project. Ensure project auditing services are provided to carry out the annual audit of the project. Engage an independent project delivery evaluation Continue with the present Phase 1 Project Steering Committee with addition of representation of Ruwa and Redcliff. In addition a technical project team comprising of experts from the MoWRDM, MoLGRUD and town engineers will be set up to ensure an active engagement of beneficiaries during the implementation process. The Procurement Agent for Phase 1 will continue to work on phase 2


The project will contribute to improved health and social wellbeing of the population through improved provision of water and sanitation services. The proposed Project is a continuation of the phase 1 UWSSRP. While phase 1 focused more on restoring water and wastewater treatment capacity, phase 2 attempts to complement phase 1 by giving greater emphasis on improving the network performance, strengthening commercial aspects and enhancing service delivery efficiency.

The specific objectives of the Project are therefore to:

(i) protect public health through the provision of safe water and disposal of human waste,

(ii) preserve water and sanitation physical assets,

(iii) resuscitate capacity for improving water and sanitation services provision, and

(iv) improve financial sustainability of water and sanitation services delivery in the urban areas of Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff. These objectives will be met by targeted investment and intervention in critical aspects of the water and sanitation infrastructure.


Due to the prevailing socio-political situation in the country, the water supply and sanitation infrastructure has deteriorated during the last decade. As a result of the prolonged period of inadequate operations and maintenance, the existing systems are operating below their installed capacities and have been operating with skeleton equipment. While some urgent rehabilitation works are being carried out using assistance given so far, there is still need to build upon these recent interventions. The proposed Project is a continuation of the phase 1 UWSSRP .

The rationale for the Bank's involvement in the WSS sector in Zimbabwe is built on the experience the Bank has in the country and in the region. It is justified because the project is consistent with the priorities of Bank's Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2008-2012 which focuses on infrastructure, governance and regional integration and its global commitment towards the attainment of the MDG targets. The Project's linkage with the Long Term Strategy (2013-2022) that is currently under preparation is significant. It responds to the inclusive growth agenda by resuscitating basic water and sanitation services to the larger population of the beneficiary urban centers with emphasis to the vulnerable and affected population due to inadequate basic services. It also contributes to the Green Growth Agenda through its focus on harnessing the capacity that exists in the current system (eg. reduction of water leakage in distribution system, metering for demand management) and maximizing efficiency through institutional capacity building and rehabilitation.

Furthermore, the support under the Zim-Fund is in line with the strategy for enhanced engagement in Fragile States for which the Bank is providing its assistance through existing instruments from FSF and administration of the Zim-Fund. The proposed Project also conforms to the Bank's Integrated Water Resources Management Policy (IWRM) and will assist GoZ ensure the water and sanitation coverage targets are achieved.

The Bank's and Zim-Fund's intervention is further justified because the project focuses on rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure along with capacity building as emphasized in the Framework Agreement for the establishment of the Zim-Fund. The Bank's and Zim-Fund's comparative advantage and added value is derived from its high level of donor coordination, technical assistance, positive achievements in the implementation of the various ongoing water and sanitation operations in the country. In particular, the Zim-Fund is in a unique position to finance the proposed Project as it would build on the ongoing phase 1 of the UWSSRP. Financing the proposed Project will consolidate the Zim-Fund's continued involvement and support for the water sector in Zimbabwe.


The project benefits the 3.4 million residents of Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff with improved water supply and sanitation services. Project intervention emphasis will be to address the problem in the high density areas of these towns. The project aims to achieve:

reduction of morbidity and mortality due to water borne diseases increase reliability, quality and availability of water supply remove raw sewage from residential areas and increase treatment capacity improve financial sustainability and performance

Key contacts

DEMISSIE Eskendir Alemseged - OWAS2


Finance source Amount
Co-financierUSD 13,073,704
DeltaUSD 62
TotalUSD 13,073,766