Byo City cuts water in low density areas


Shamiso Dzingire

MORE than 20 suburbs in the country’s second largest city have been left without water outside their 120-hour water shedding regime following a pipe burst at Fernhill Pumping Station.

Town clerk Christopher Dube said the burst pipe will affect suburbs supplied by Tuli Reservoir.
“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise the public that there has been a burst on the 30-inch pipe 5km from Fernhill.

“As a result, council will be implementing an emergency shutdown on the line to facilitate and effect the repairs,” Dube said in a statement.

Thuli Reservoir supplies Lochview, Sunninghill, Marlands, Glencoe, Riverside, Waterford, Manningdale, Willgrove, Buenavista, Douglasdale, Esigodini, Imbizo Barracks, Fortunesgate, and Selbourne Park suburbs.

Other affected suburbs are Matsheumhlophe, Parklands, Khumalo, Queenspark, Suburbs, Mahatshula, Woodville, Kingsdale and surrounding areas.
Dube urged residents to conserve the water they might be holding as the situation is only expected to return to normal today.

“All efforts are being pursued to complete the repairs earlier than projected,” he said.
Early this year, the local authority announced that it would replace dilapidated water pumps at Fernhill and Ncema pumping stations.

Mayor Solomon Mguni said they will be installing new electro-mechanical equipment at the pump stations that would see the installation of new pumps for raw water at both stations.

Once installed, the new pumps will ensure reliability in the water supply system, improve efficiency and utilise the supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) technology that allows for remote management of the systems.

Currently, residents here are enduring five days of water shedding per week as dam levels continue to fall.
Latest statistics from council reveal that overall supply dams are at 30 percent while areas in high-lying areas are no longer receiving running water and rely on water delivered by council in bowsers.

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