Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
MANGWE Rural District Council has introduced a water reticulation system for residential stands at Ingwizi Growth Point as part of efforts to transform the area into an urban centre.
Mangwe RDC chief executive officer, Nketha Mangoye Dlamini, said they have so far commissioned a water reticulation system covering 148 residential stands and the water is drawn from Ingwizi Dam.
He said the local authority’s target was for the system to cover 580 residential stands by year-end.
“The area of Ingwizi has had water for a long time but residential areas weren’t connected. As a result, some of the home owners were getting their water from boreholes while some were collecting their water from a canal which is connected to Ingwizi Dam,” he said.
Dlamini said to address hygienic and sanitation problems, they had commissioned a 1,2 kilometre water reticulation system covering 148 residential stands.
He said funds paid by rate payers from Ingwizi area financed the project.
Dlamini said they had contracted skilled community members from the area for the trenching process and the fitting of water pipes.
“Our target is to upgrade Ingwizi area from the status of a growth point to an urban centre. We want all the development works that will be carried out in the area to be financed by levies and rates that we collect there,” said Dlamini.
He said Ingwizi area had 1,042 residential stands; 99 commercial stands and 20 industrial stands while 72 low density residential stands were yet to be serviced.
Dlamini said the local authority was set to establish a dump site and carry out road maintenance works this year.