The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Septem­ber 27, 1991 — As wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion in Bu­l­awayo wors­ens by the day, wa­ter from Khami Dam which would have pro­vided tem­po­rary re­lief, has been found to be un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, says the di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices, Cde Ge­orge Mlilo.

Cde Mlilo said he was not happy with the re­sults of tests his depart­ment car­ried out on the wa­ter and ex­pressed doubt that the wa­ter would be con­nected to the main sup­ply lines.

“We have car­ried out ex­ten­sive tests to see if the qual­ity was im­prov­ing but the qual­ity is very low so we do not want to get into prob­lems. We will not use the wa­ter un­til we are con­vinced that it is safe,’’ he said.

e tests on the wa­ter were go­ing to con­tinue and the wa­ter would only be used when it was un­avoid­able to do so, Cde Mlilo said.

Res­i­dents would be warned to take pre­cau­tions such as boil­ing the wa­ter be­fore it was used.

In June, Cde Mlilo said that it cost the lo­cal au­thor­ity more to pu­rify wa­ter from Khami Dam be­cause its catch­ment area was in Bu­l­awayo and the wa­ter flow­ing into the dam car­ried a lot of dirt.

Cde Mlilo fore­cast at the time that wa­ter from Khami Dam would be used from last month. Khami dam is 79,2 per­cent full. The to­tal amount of wa­ter in the five dams which sup­ply Bu­l­awayo is about 38 497 400 cu­bic me­tres, which, it is es­ti­mated, will sus­tain the city un­til next March.

How­ever, with the on­set of the hot sea­son, con­sump­tion is re­ported to be go­ing up and it is feared that the avail­able wa­ter may not last that time.

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