By Philemon Jambaya
The City of Harare is set to erect solar powered boreholes in all wards as part of efforts to reduce water challenges currently facing the city.
The issue was raised by Ward 16 Councilor, Denford Ngadziore, who urged the City not to rely on electricity when it comes to water supply since load shedding is also affecting service delivery.
“I come from a ward where there is zero to none water supply and having an electricity (powered) borehole does not help us at all since most of the time we go without electricity, therefore (in) moving with trends we should have solar powered boreholes in our city,” Ngadziore said.
Ngadziore said the council should priorities clinics, markets and other public places.
“We should priorities clinics, shopping centers, markets and other public places when we start the solarisation project of boreholes,” added Ngadziore.
Harare City Director of Water, Engineer Mabhena Moyo, told this publication that plans to have solar powered boreholes where now at an advanced stage as they are already working with the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ).
“We are already working with GIZ which is currently identifying the boreholes. So far, they have identified three boreholes in Dzivaresekwa, Glenview and Budiriro and these might be the first to be solarised,” Moyo said.
Solar energy is one of the renewable technologies identified by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as key to improving energy access at a lower cost, bolstering energy security and curbing the production of climate-change causing gases such as carbon dioxide.