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Byo needs US$512m to fix water woes

— Tamary Chikiwa

BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) requires US$512 million to address its perennial water and sewage crisis by replacing dilapidated pipes.

This comes as the city is going through one of its worst water rationing schedules, with residents going for at least 72 hours without running water.

Other suburbs have gone for six months without water, a situation that has been compounded by the current Covid-19 restrictions that limit resident’s movements in search for alternative sources.

Last year, at least 13 people lost their lives after drinking suspected contaminated water.

Sewage blockages have also been a huge nightmare for the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in some areas, further endangering the lives of residents.

In response to a petition by residents over the issue, BCC said their 2012 master plan, which covers 20 years, noted the need to revamp the city’s water and sewage reticulation network. 

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