Coun­cil in­tro­duces three-day wa­ter shed­ding

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THE City of Bu­l­awayo will em­bark on tem­po­rary wa­ter shed­ding which will see most sub­urbs in the West­ern ar­eas go­ing for three days per week with­out wa­ter as the coun­cil bat­tles to nor­malise and man­age wa­ter sup­plies at the Mag­wegwe Reser­voir.

This is the sec­ond such pro­gramme af­ter the coun­cil in­tro­duced wa­ter ra­tioning to some sub­urbs at the be­gin­ning of the month. In a no­tice, town clerk Mr Christo­pher Dube said the af­fected ar­eas are sub­urbs that are fed from Cri­te­rion and Mag­wegwe Reser­voir.

“The City of Bu­l­awayo would like to ad­vise mem­bers of the pub­lic that there is an on­go­ing ex­er­cise to nor­malise Mag­wegwe Reser­voir level. The level has been crit­i­cal for the past three weeks, due to er­ratic pump­ing from Nya­mandlovu Aquifer. Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil is work­ing in con­junc­tion with Zinwa to in­crease the bore­hole hours pump­ing to the City. In a bid to man­age wa­ter sup­ply from the reser­voir, Coun­cil would like to ad­vise that there will be an emer­gency in­ter­rup­tion of wa­ter sup­plies to the fol­low­ing ar­eas fed directly from Cri­te­rion and Mag­wegwe Reser­voir and some sur­round­ing ar­eas,” he said.

Nku­lumane, Nketa, Sizinda, Tsha­bal­ala, Belle­vue, Newton West and West Somer­ton will ex­pe­ri­ence wa­ter cuts on Mon­day from 8am and it will be re­stored Wed­nes­days at 6pm. It will be cut again on Fri­day at 8pm and re­stored the next day at 6 pm.

In Em­gan­wini and Pu­mula, wa­ter will be cut on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days at 8pm and back on Fri­days and Sun­days at 6pm. Mr Dube said in Cow­dray Park, Emakhan­deni, Gwa­ba­landa and Ma­planka wa­ter will be cut at 8pm on Mon­days and Fri­days and pumped at 6pm on Wed­nes­days and Sat­ur­day.

In Lu­veve, Mag­wegwe, Njube, En­tum­bane, Mpopoma, Loben­gula, Mabuth­weni, Iminyela, Pe­land­aba and Mat­shobane wa­ter will also 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 level im­proves or de­te­ri­o­rates be­yond crit­i­cal level.

“All the high ar­eas that are likely to be af­fected for more than 48 hours will have wa­ter sup­plied by bowsers.

“Res­i­dents are urged to con­serve wa­ter un­til fur­ther no­tice and 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 lower 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.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

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