BCC blames farmers for water crisis
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