BULAWAYO, Saturday, November 9, 1991 — Some police officers, particularly those living with their families at Ross Camp in Bulawayo, have complained bitterly about the temporary water cuts which were recently introduced by authorities at the camp. They said the measures would cause a serious hazard.
While they accepted that they wasted water, the authorities should have found another way of saving water rather than cutting supplies. Most policemen were now going to work without bathing as a result of water restrictions. One policeman, Cde Patrick Muzenda, said the measures were not acceptable as the person responsible for monitoring the programme was not sticking to the agreed timetable.
“Under the timetable, water supplies are open from 6AM to 8AM, 2PM to 4PM and 6PM to 7.30PM. However, what is happening here is a continuous closure of water supplies”, Cde Muzenda said.
He said that even if the timetable was followed, policemen on midday and midnight shifts would still be affected as there still would be no water for them to bath before and after their return from work.
Cde Muzenda suggested that people at the camp be warned not to misuse water rather than impose water cuts. Other residents at the camp expressed fears that there would be an outbreak of cholera and other diseases as the communal toilets were not flushed.
“Our toilets are not a pleasant sight and some of us have resorted to using the public toilets in town,” said Cde Danile Moyo.
She said it was difficult to do any laundry and other household chores.
Meanwhile, some policemen who occupy the single quarters welcomed the move saying it was long overdue as children at the camp were playing with water.