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Self-Supply as a means of bringing water to the people of Zimbabwe and its relation to the hand pump program.

Author
Morgan, P.

Year of Publishing
2015

Publisher
Aquamor Pvt. Ltd.

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Description:

The concept of “self-supply” as a means of providing water to families (who become responsible for their own supply) is becoming increasingly common in Zimbabwe. However there is nothing new in it. For well over half a century, thousands of families living in the rural areas of Zimbabwe had dug their own wells as a means of providing water for domestic and agricultural use. And many families have built tanks to catch rainwater. Rain water harvesting is another method which could fall under the concept of self-supply. A communal hand pump water supply program to support communities living in the rural areas had also begun in the 1930’s when the Bush Pump, then known as the Murgatroyd pump, after its inventor, first began to provide water in Matabeleland. The hand pump supply, supported by the governments Department of Water, subsequently spread throughout the country. In later years the on site management of the Hand Pump programme was and is managed by the District Development Fund. For the cities and towns, water is supplied through municipal piped water supplies, largely supplied from dams and reservoirs. However many people living in the urban areas also used their own wells and boreholes excavated on their own property. And self-supply in the cities is now becoming common.


Bibliographical Information:

Morgan, P. (2015) Self-Supply as a means of bringing water to the people of Zimbabwe and its relation to the hand pump program.. , Aquamor Pvt. Ltd.


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