The move will see the council workers ensuring that residents fetching water at the boreholes across the town practise social distancing as well as sanitising the water pump’s handle among other things.
Council has 18 functioning boreholes which are providing water to residents following a long spell of insufficient water supply by the water works system due to a ballooning population.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa confirmed the development and said each borehole will have five employees who will take turns in ensuring that all preventive measures are being exercised at the water source.
“We have 18 boreholes across the town and we have deployed five employees at each water source who will take turns to ensure that residents follow the recommended hygienic measures. The employees will work between 7am and 7pm during this lockdown period. They have since been trained by professional health personel and will also be providing sanitisers to the people,” he said.
The workers who will be manning the boreholes are those who work in the council recreation facilities and other departments.
Despite the unavailability of electricity during this Covid 19 crisis, the water works system has been failing to supply water to all the suburbs resulting in residents resorting to borehole water.
Recently, council drilled 16 boreholes across the town to address water crisis.
Marondera town is yet to have a confirmed Covid 19 positive case despite having more than 70 people under surveillance of the disease. Recently, Marondera Central Member of Parliament Caston Matewu commended council for unveiling an isolation centre to assist those suspected of having contracted the virus.