Water supply is certainly not self-evident in a country like Zimbabwe. Without water there is no life and that is why water must be available throughout the year for both agricultural purposes and the first need for life for humans and animals. Zimbabwe has been suffering from extreme drought in the past 12 years. Good water management and the construction of dams, boreholes and sustainable constructions are therefore vitally important and have the highest priority.
Agriculture for the time being, only takes place in the raining season, depending entirely on the weather. However, Breaside has a complete underground irrigation system from the dam which absorbs water from the river all year round. Phundundu Development Trust aims to have built the aboveground irrigation system before the dry season 2019. To power the water circuit, only clean energy has been chosen by using both solar pumps and hydro pumps. As a result, water can be transported from the dam to the fields throughout the year, enabling an additional harvest and horticulture..
Water for the community is extracted from boreholes. The quality of this water is excellent which makes consumption possible. In places like Phundundu, building dams is a good solution for water supply for cattle and fish farming. The foundation has now built three dams and several boreholes in the villages. Given the surface of 30,000 ha, this is not enough and more dams will have to be built in the future.
Wildlife also suffers from the drought. In The wildlife areas some dams will be built. This is not only necessary to provide the animals with water but also gives a tremendous boost to the eco-system. Different species of plants, birds and fish will revive again and provide improved biodiversity.
Rivers are important for the supply of fresh water to wildlife, habitat for aquatic organisms and birds. Rivers also provide water for agriculture and livestock in surrounding communities. Ecological rivers fill underground water sources that are important in the ecosystem. It is important to map these rivers well and to prevent overgrazing of wetlands and the burning of farmlands. The quality of the river water needs permanent attention.
Phundundu Development Trust aims to extend the used sustainable farming methods in the wider area to reduce pollution of the river by chemicals