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Bulawayo extends water shedding to 3 days

by ZimLive
28 Oct 2019 at 07:19hrs | Views
Bulawayo has extended its water shedding regime to 72 hours per week from 48 hours after demand outpaced pumping capacity while water levels at its dams have severely reduced.

The BCC says consumption reached an all-time peak of 170 mega litres per day last week, up from an average of 135 mega litres.

The council says it is currently only able to pump 110 mega litres of raw water per day, with ZESA power cuts reducing pumping capacity.

"The City of Bulawayo would like to advise stakeholders and residents that water supplies have been closed in areas supplied by Magwegwe, Criterion and Tuli reservoirs outside the normal water shedding programme in a bid to normalise the reservoirs," town clerk Christopher Dube said in a statement.

"The reservoir levels have depleted beyond the critical level due to high consumption levels in the city and pumping challenges due to ZESA load shedding."

Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni last week said dedicated power lines at Ncema and Fernhill, which are ordinarily exempt from ZESA load shedding, had been experiencing power outages.

Inyankuni and Umzingwane dams, which have pumping boosters, have also experienced regular power thereby restricting raw water delivery to the Criterion Water Treatment Plant.

Bulawayo is drawing water from five of its six water supply dams, with Upper Ncema having been decommissioned in July after water levels dropped.

Council chiefs say Umzingwane Dam could be decommissioned soon as a prolonged drought continues to wreak havoc on the country's water sources.

Source - zimlive