Residents in Mufakose have hailed the drilling of 18 boreholes in the area saying they will lessen their plight of perennial water shortages.

Water problems have become a consistent feature and continue to haunt most areas in the central business district and most residential suburbs having to endure frequent-long lasting water cuts.

The 18 boreholes which were drilled by the Church of Jesus for Latter Day Saints will serve the community. Apart from the boreholes the church also donated a grinding mill and renovated a basketball court.

Acting Harare Mayor, speaking at the official handover of the donation, worth US$154 000 last Friday, Harare acting mayor, Charles Nyatsuro, said the donation would go a long way in assisting the community get clean.

“I am sure residents from other suburbs will also benefit from these projects. Water is a very critical resource. Water is dignity without it residents are prone to various water borne diseases among them, cholera and typhoid,” he said.

Nyatsuro said the kind gesture by the church would help mitigate current water shortages, experienced by residents in Mufakose and other surrounding areas.

“This is the reason why we are happy as a city to have partnerships that help us to provide basic services to the community,” he said.

Latter Day Saints church representative, Lani Stevens, said the donation would help ease the water crisis being experienced by the community.

“Money generated from the grinding mill would go a long way in assisting poor children who are not able to pay for their school fees,” Stevens said.

Lani added the donation was given with no “strings attached” thereby assisting the community in alleviating their problems.