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Bulawayo to shutdown water supply indefinitely

by Mandla Ndlovu
09 Jul 2019 at 13:37hrs | Views
The Bulawayo City Council has announced that it will be indefinitely shutting down the water supply to the City until they are able to.

The Council added that the shortage of electricity will make it difficult for them to operate on a normal Capacity.

Residents are advised that bowsers will be providers in areas where water was not supplied on Monday.

Read the full statement below:

The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that we will be closing the whole City until the system stabilises. Water supplies were reopened on Sunday, 7 July 2019 and Monday, 8 July 2019 to allow for temporary relief following the shutdown to facilitate rehabilitation of the Criterion Water Works. The City of Bulawayo advises residents that the works are still ongoing and we are currently operating at 50% capacity, with efforts to finalise the current works as a matter of urgency. The very high water demand of 157 ML vis a vis production of 105 ML has resulted in key Reservoirs dropping to below critical level that is Criterion and Magwegwe Reservoirs.

It is anticipated that this shutdown will allow for the system to stabilise after which we will resume the 48 hour water shedding programme.

Bulawayo City Council further advises that due to electricity challenges in the country, ZETDC has further advised BCC to reduce the number of pumps for water supply. This means a reduction in the water getting into the City.

We are aware of all the areas which have not yet received water and we will be supplying these with water bowsers. Residents are encouraged to liaise with their Councillors as well as the City of Bulawayo Call Centre. Bulawayo City Council encourages residents to desist from vandalising water pipelines as this has an impact on water supply throughout the City. Residents are urged to conserve water whenever supplies are restored.

We once again apologise for the inconvenience caused and we are working flat out to ensure that the system stabilises as a matter of urgency.

TOWN CLERK 9 July 2019

Source - Byo24News