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Zimbabwean Government, AfDB, and UNICEF Install 61 Solar-powered Water Systems in Harare

Zimbabwean Government, AfDB, and UNICEF Install 61 Solar-powered Water Systems in Harare

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have completed the commissioning of 61 solar-powered water systems in Zimbabwe. The installation of these solar water systems in the capital city of Harare has been completed with support from the Zimbabwean government.


The project by the AfDB, UNICEF, and the Zimbabwean government comes against a backdrop of persistent water shortages in many areas in and around Harare. In the absence of alternatives, residents have fallen back on unsafe water sources, exposing themselves to the risk of several water-borne diseases.

The government along with the project partners relied on renewable energy to provide an alternative water supply system for vulnerable communities. The recently completed project was first launched in 2020, with an aim to help the residents of Harare to cope with extreme weather conditions and combat the effects of climate change. 

Global warming is identified as the major cause of this water stress. As a result of prolonged droughts, the environment of the Chivero and Manyame watersheds, which supply the two drinking water stations of the cities, has deteriorated. According to the government report, there has been a decline in the volume of the water bodies by 6% and 10%, respectively, from their original capacities.

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AfDB and UNICEF also announced that 164 boreholes have been rehabilitated and 15 new water points had been dug, along with the deployment of solar-powered water systems. The project will now benefit more than 850,000 people.

According to a report by Oxfam, Zimbabwe is one of only seven of the ten African countries identified as being most at risk from climate change worldwide. The country currently ranks second in the Global Climate Risk Index 2021.

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