20000 Boreholes To Be Drilled in Zimbabwe in 2022

A plan to drill 20 000 boreholes in 2022 has been set in motion, out of the targeted 35 000 boreholes to be drilled across the country by 2025, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister, Dr Anxious Masuka, has said.

Treasury has allocated resources in the 2022 national Budget for the drilling of 20 000 boreholes, representing 60 percent of the targeted 35 000 boreholes.

Speaking in Victoria Falls recently, Dr Masuka said the Second Republic was committed to “leaving no one behind”.

“The national Budget has made a provision for 20 000 boreholes, that is in 20 000 villages out of the desired 35 000 villages. This is unprecedented in the history of the country that we will be able to cover more than 60 percent of the country,” said Dr Masuka.

“So, this is something that is exciting, that will uplift rural communities because no one in all places should be left behind as we build Zimbabwe brick upon brick and stone upon stone.”
20000 Boreholes To Be Drilled in Zimbabwe in 2022
20000 Boreholes To Be Drilled in Zimbabwe in 2022
The country is targeting to drill up to 35 000 boreholes so that each of the country’s 35 000 villages has a solar-powered borehole by 2025 to anchor the Presidential Rural Horticulture Transformation Plan, in an effort to mitigate water challenges and help transform livelihoods through horticulture especially in rural communities.

A borehole will also be drilled at each of the country’s 9 600 schools.

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) acquired 40 drilling rigs and has already started drilling model boreholes countrywide.

The boreholes are expected to provide water for horticulture and related projects such as fisheries as well as for domestic and livestock use.

This will also reduce the distance travelled by communities to get water.

Access to clean water and sanitation is one of the goals under NDS1.

The country has 44 950 boreholes and of these, only 25 000 are functional. herald.co.zw

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Five Facts About Borehole Drilling That You Need To Take Note Of:

1. Know Your Borehole Casings:The Preferred Borehole Casing In Zimbabwe Is Class 9 and 10 (Pressure Classes.)This is because Class 9 and Class 10 Casings are more collapse resistant. The strength of a Casing is often described as collapse resistance.

2. Borehole Drilling Depth: The exact depth, of where the water is located, cannot be established by the drilling contractor nor the Water Surveyor (Borehole Siter).

3. The Is No 100% Guarantee On Water: It is important to note that it is never a 100% guarantee that any hole will yield water, the amount and water quality can also not be guaranteed by the drilling contractor and water surveyor.

4. Borehole Siting or Water Surveying Is Important: Making use of a hydrologist or traditional water diviner will increase your chances of having a successful borehole that will yield a sufficient amount of water.

5. Know The Risks: The risk of the borehole drilling lies with the property owner. The client will still be liable for the drilling costs irrespective of a borehole yielding water or not.

The Cost or Prices For Borehole Drilling in Zimbabwe:

1. Siting: $100.00USD
2. Drilling and Casing: (40 Metres) $1300.00USD - (Using Class 6)
3. AC Electrical Installation: $1000.00USD
4. Solar Pump Installation: $1400.00USD
5. Extra Metres After 40 Metres: USD $45.00USD per metre.
6. 5000 Litre Tank and 4 metre Tank Stand: $1000.00USD
7. Stuck Pump Fishing Out: $180.00USD
8. Capacity Testing: $250.00USD

- Casing with Class 9 Casing incurs an additional $200.00USD.
- Double Casing: $20.00USD per metre.

Note this is the average price borehole companies charge for their services in Zimbabwe, but this figure is subject to changes if conditions are different depending on the construction site.

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