BCC urges res­i­dents to pray for rains

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has urged res­i­dents to pray for rains as the city faces a wa­ter cri­sis.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has in­di­cated that start­ing from next week, a 24-hour wa­ter shed­ding regime fol­lowed by a 48-hour shed­ding sched­ule would be ef­fected if the heav­ens do not open up.

Coun­cil has set daily wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions for con­sumers in high den­sity ar­eas pegged at 500 litres, low den­sity ar­eas 750 litres, cot­tages with me­ters 200 litres, flats with me­ters 350 litres and flats with bulk me­ters at 60 per­cent per day.

Speak­ing dur­ing a Wa­ter Cri­sis Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day, the city’s deputy Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices, En­gi­neer Mente Ndlovu, said wa­ter shed­ding may save wa­ter in the short term, but a long term so­lu­tion would need to be put in place. He also urged res­i­dents to pray for rains. “The ef­fects of wa­ter shed­ding will be felt not only by in­di­vid­u­als in their daily lives, but also by small busi­nesses as well as large cor­po­ra­tions in the city. There­fore all stake­hold­ers are urged to con­serve wa­ter and above all pray for goods rains to save Bu­l­awayo,” said Eng Ndlovu.

He said there are fore­casts for heavy rains, but there is a pos­si­bil­ity that the rains may not be ad­e­quate.

Eng Ndlovu said po­lice would be out in force to ques­tion any­one who will be seen car­ry­ing bulk wa­ter with­out giv­ing a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion of its source.

“We are say­ing if you are seen car­ry­ing wa­ter up and down then the ZRP will have to ask you where you got that wa­ter. You must be get­ting it some­where il­le­gally so the ZRP will come in and en­force the law,” he said.

Eng Ndlovu said they had en­gaged the po­lice as a stake­holder in the com­mit­tee to deal with such is­sues.

He al­layed fears that peo­ple would flock into town where there would be no wa­ter shed­ding to col­lect wa­ter say­ing no one would want to be laden with a wa­ter bill in­flated by friends and rel­a­tives.

Eng Ndlovu said the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict was ex­empted from wa­ter shed­ding as there are busi­nesses that would be greatly af­fected.

“The CBD is the nerve cen­tre of the city. That’s where we have some busi­nesses, ho­tels and of course some flats. You can­not close in­dus­try in a city which is de-in­dus­tri­al­is­ing be­cause of a short­age of wa­ter. So if we’re go­ing to shut down in­dus­try our­selves as a city, we will col­lapse. If we shut down, com­merce will col­lapse,” he said.

Eng Ndlovu said schools and hos­pi­tals were also ex­empt from wa­ter shed­ding. — @Aux­il­iaK

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