BCC blames farm­ers for wa­ter cri­sis

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In Lu­veve, Mag­wegwe, Njube, En­tum­bane, Mpopoma, Loben­gula, Mabuth­weni, Iminyela, Pe­land­aba and Mat­shobane, wa­ter will be cut on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days at 8PM and re­stored on Fri­days and Sun­days at 6PM.

The town clerk said the pro­gramme is sub­ject to change if the reser­voir lev­els im­prove or de­te­ri­o­rate be­yond crit­i­cal lev­els.

“Res­i­dents are urged to con­serve wa­ter un­til fur­ther no­tice and the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil wishes to apol­o­gise to its val­ued cus­tomers for the in­con­ve­nience caused,” said Mr Dube.

Bu­l­awayo has a his­tory of in­tro­duc­ing wa­ter shed­ding as the city faces wa­ter short­ages ei­ther be­cause of low dam ca­pac­ity or fail­ure to pump ad­e­quate wa­ter. In 2012, the city made in­ter­na­tional news af­ter it in­tro­duced the “Big Flush”, a syn­chro­nised toi­let-flush­ing pro­gramme on week­ends, aimed at un­block­ing the city’s sewer sys­tem af­ter pro­longed wa­ter re­stric­tions. The city also in­tro­duced wa­ter shed­ding in 2016 af­ter some of the sup­ply dams were de­com­mis­sioned due to re­duced wa­ter lev­els.

Bu­l­awayo draws wa­ter from In­siza, Umz­ing­wane, Inyankuni, Mt­shabezi, Lower and Up­per Ncema Dams, be­sides the Nya­mandlovu aquifer. — @andile_t­shuma

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