Byo res­i­dents urged to har­vest wa­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

BU­L­AWAYO res­i­dents have been urged to har­vest rain wa­ter to com­ple­ment tap wa­ter as the city bat­tles its worst wa­ter cri­sis in five years.

Yes­ter­day, the city re­ceived its first rains in some of the west­ern sub­urbs.

The rains came at a time when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ef­fected a 48-hour weekly wa­ter shed­ding pro­gramme.

The city’s six sup­ply dams, In­siza, Mt­shabezi, Inyankuni, Umz­ing­wane, Lower and Up­per Ncema are at about 30 per­cent of their col­lec­tive ca­pac­ity.

Al­ready, Up­per Ncema and Umz­ing­wane have been de­com­mis­sioned and more dams may fol­low if there is no sub­stan­tial rain in the catch­ment ar­eas in Mata­bele­land South.

Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil Se­nior Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Mrs Ne­sisa Mpofu urged res­i­dents not to let rain wa­ter go to waste.

She said har­vest­ing wa­ter will ease the pres­sure of pro­vid­ing wa­ter dur­ing this pe­riod.

“We en­cour­age res­i­dents to har­vest wa­ter by us­ing con­tain­ers like buck­ets and dishes to cap­ture rain­wa­ter from roofs. They can use that wa­ter for ac­tiv­i­ties such as bathing, clean­ing and wash­ing,” she said.

Mrs Mpofu said the city is in a cri­sis that needs co-op­er­a­tion from every­one.

“It’s about con­ser­va­tion. It’s not just about cut­ting sup­plies. Con­ser­va­tion is all about en­sur­ing that wa­ter sup­plies stretch for as long as pos­si­ble,” she said.

Mrs Mpofu said the city’s res­i­dents should adopt new mea­sures of sav­ing wa­ter and wa­ter har­vest­ing is one of them.

Last week, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice Depart­ment said the Novem­ber rains would mark the be­gin­ning of the 2016/17 rainy sea­son. — @nqot­shili

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