Byo water crisis worsens

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JEFFREY MUVUNDUSI
in BULAWAYO

THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has raised the alarm over its water supply situation, which it has equated in proportion to the 1992 drought when the city almost went completely dry.

This comes after the city fathers last month appealed to the government to declare Bulawayo a water shortage disaster area.

So bad is the situation that the local authority was forced to implement a 144-hour or six days shedding exercise in a bid to conserve the little available precious liquid in the three remaining city dams.

The city has resorted to sending water bowsers to high density suburbs to ease the water shortage, which has seen some residents going for a month without the precious liquid due to low pumping pressure.

“The current water situation is almost a recurrence of the 1992 situation when the city experienced a crippling drought that affected raw water storage and supply.

“Due to climate change, the city’s dams in the last three years have received low inflows, resulting in the depletion of storage to 28,42 percent as at June 4, 2020 with three dams decommissioned.

“The city is currently left with three operational dams,” mayor Solomon Mguni said during a media briefing on the city’s water supply situation.

In light of the prevailing crisis, the mayor appealed to residents to take note of the times water is available for domestic use.

Mguni further noted that the local authority was making every effort to supply the residents with clean safe water at all times.

“Despite the initial quality of water after treatment it, from time to time, gets contaminated during distribution, transportation and storage due to unhygienic storage and handling practices,” he said.

Recently, some residents in the city’s high density suburbs made several complaints on the quality of water from their taps, resulting in cases of diarrhoea.

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