|Zim may fail to meet MDGs|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:03|
Zimbabwe may fail to achieve some Millennium Development Goals related to health provision because Government has no money to fund water and sanitation facilities, Water Resources Development and Management Minister Sipepa Nkomo has disclosed.
MDG 7 target C intends to halve the proportion of people without access to safe potable drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
Minister Nkomo made the revelation during the launch of Harare’s water conservation and zero litter awareness campaign in Budiriro last week. He said to close the funding gap, Government was pursuing public private partnerships (PPPs).
According to the 2009 multiple indicator monitoring survey, the proportion of people in rural areas with access to safe drinking water declined from 70 percent in 1999 to 61 percent in 2009.
Nkomo said water provision for urbanites remained a challenge with low production rates due to ageing infrastructure, shortage of water treatment chemicals and losses in conveyance system.
“This is coupled by local authorities’ reluctance to ring fence water and sanitation accounts despite directives from Central Government,” he said.
water provision, wastewater and solid waste management. He said Government had provided US$65 million to local authorities through the public sector investment
programme (PSIP) with US$28 million earmarked for water and sewer.