Zimbabwe - Bulawayo water and sewerage services improvement project

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Dec 2015
Signature Date 28 Jan 2016
Planned Completion Date 15 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 24,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP), which was launched in October 2016, has the mandate of improving municipal water supply and sanitation services. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. This City aims to reduce the city’s Non-Revenue Water (NRW), upgrade and rehabilitate the water distribution system, improve the sewer drainage capacity, rehabilitate waste water treatment facilities as well as strengthen community participation and buy-in. The proposed project’s emphasis is on rehabilitating and enhancing the water supply system, strengthening institutional capacity, enhancing service delivery efficiency and contributing to environmental improvement through rehabilitation of sanitation infrastructure. It is being implemented over a period of four years (2016 – 2019) and is expected to provide safe water and ensure safe disposal of sewerage, improve the efficiency of water and sanitation physical assets and enhance operations and financial efficiency of service delivery.

Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to improve water supply and sewerage services in Bulawayo. It entails the rehabilitation and upgrading of water production treatment facilities, water distribution, sewer drainage networks and upgrading and rehabilitation of wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.


The beneficiaries of the project are the Government of Zimbabwe, City of Bulawayo (CoB) and its population estimated of about 655,675.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZW-E00-006
Last Update 01 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name PHIRI Lazarus Botoman
Email l.phiri@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Zimbabwe
Coordinates Location Name
-20.08333 28.5 Bulawayo District
-20.07362 28.50409 Cowdray Park