Cabinet to amend water Act

Cabinet is set to align the Water Act Bill with the constitution, an official has said. 

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Cabinet is set to align the Water Act Bill with the constitution, an official has said.

Addressing journalists during a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Bill provides for the need to prioritise primary requirements, environment conservation, agriculture, mining, industry and factors such as gender and disability in the allocation of water resources.

“Apart from aligning the Water Act to the Constitution in respect of the right of every person to safe, clean and potable water, the Bill also provides for the the need to prioritise, inta alia primary requirements, environment conservation, agriculture, mining, industry and factors such as gender and disability in the allocation of water resources,” Mutsvangwa said.

She said the Bill also aims to provide that the declaration of river systems by the Minister will include wetlands.

“To provide that the declaration of river systems by the Minister will include wetlands, in order to lay emphasis on their protection.

 “To provide guidelines on restrictions on cession of right to use water,” Mutsvangwa said.

She said the Bill also aims to provide for increased management and protection of water resources and to limit its pollution.

“To provide for increased management and protection of water resources and to limit its pollution.

“To expand the procedure for reservation of areas likely to be required for dam basins or dam sites.

“To expand the Minister s powers to reserve water to include ground water; and to provide for the increased management and protection of water resources, taking into account the increased demand for ground water,” she said.