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The current approved projects are in two phases of implementation, namely (i) the Urgent Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (UWSSRP) (Phase I and II) and (ii) the Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (EPIRP) (Phase I and II). Phase I projects were launched in December 2011, and have been completed. Phase II projects were launched in March 2014; they are at procurement stage. The allocation for UWSSRP Phase I was USD 43.607 million and USD 35.99 million for UWSSRP Phase II. EPIRP Phase I was allocated USD 39.61 million, while EPIRP Phase II was allocated USD 32.94 million. The total allocation for all the projects amounts to USD 152 million.
The objective of Phase 1 of the UWSSRP project was to provide support for restoration and stabilisation of water supply and sanitation services in six major cities, namely: Harare, Chitungwiza, Chegutu, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Mutare, with a combined total population of 2.5 million. Key outputs of the project include:
Figure 1: The 10 ML Chikanga water reservoir in Mutare under construction
Figure 2: The completed 10 ML Chikanga water reservoir in Mutare
The project outcomes include: increased reliability, quality and availability of water supply in the project operational areas; restored wastewater treatment capacity; and reduced incidences of cholera and other water related diseases.
The second phase of the Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (UWSSRP II) furthers the benefits and impacts of the first phase of the UWSSRP. It comprises aspects that are not included in the first phase of the project. While Phase I focused more on restoring water and wastewater treatment capacity, Phase II complements Phase I by giving greater emphasis on improving both the water and sewerage network performance, strengthening commercial aspects and enhancing service delivery efficiency. All these contribute to successful non-revenue water management. Phase II will be implemented in Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff, serving an estimated population of 1.9 million people. The project seeks to protect public health through improvement of services. It also aims to preserve physical assets, resuscitate capacity and improve financial sustainability of water and sanitation service providers.
In addition to rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure, the project will build capacity of service providers in operation and maintenance, enhancing sustainability. The interventions will be complemented with hygiene promotion, targeting the most vulnerable segment of the population. They will also support efforts of the local authorities to promote water conservation.
The project’s objective is to assist Zimbabwe to improve provision of adequate and reliable power supply in an environmentally sound manner through rehabilitation of the Ash Plant at Hwange Power Station as well as the sub-transmission and distribution facilities. Power supply interruptions, including shortages have had serious repercussions on efforts by the government to successfully turn around the economy in order to achieve sustainable social and economic growth targets. The project components include refurbishment of the Ash Plant at Hwange Power Station and the replacement of seven sub-transmission transformers, 16 sub-transmission circuit breakers, 507 distribution transformers, and a combined 360 km of cable and overhead lines throughout the country.
A 50 MVA transformer installed at Norton substation
Over 529,768 people in residential areas had their sewage reticulation powered by reliable power, while more than 11,632 others have been restored to the electricity network.
Phase II of the Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (EPIRP) is designed to further the benefit of the Phase I interventions, and include aspects that are not addressed in Phase I. The objective of the project is to improve the availability and reliability of electricity supply through rehabilitation of generation, transmission and distribution facilities. This will be achieved through environmental interventions at Hwange Power Station, replacement of transmission and sub-transmission transformers, in addition to improvement of power supplies to water treatment and sewage treatment plants. The project target areas are Kwekwe, Gweru, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Harare and Hwange, with a combined target population of five million people. The project’s key outputs include rehabilitated transmission and distribution networks (repaired and replaced cables, overhead lines, and transformers and their related accessories); rehabilitated systems at Hwange Power Plant comprising the Ash Dam, the Dust Suppression Plant for Coal Handling Plant and the Dirty Drain System for the whole power station; and a replaced vacuum cleaning plant.