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.