Bulawayo City Council will today start a 48-hour water shedding programme following a decline in water levels at the city’s major supply dams.
In a statement last night, BCC Senior Public Relations Officer, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu, said the latest development follows dwindling water levels at the city’s six supply dams. Initially, council had proposed to introduce a 24-hour water shedding schedule for residents starting in November.
In a statement Mpofu said,
The City of Bulawayo would like to advise residents that due to a serious drop in water supplies, we will be going into a 48-hour water shedding programme instead of the 24 hours which had been earlier anticipated. This has been further exacerbated by a burst on the Mtshabezi Pipeline reducing the city’s water capacity by 16 megalitres.
According to the water shedding schedule, all residents are exempted on Sundays while industries and the Central Business District will not have water cuts.
For years, Bulawayo has been under a strict water rationing regime and residents are penalised if they exceed a fixed daily consumption rate. Households in high density suburbs are expected to use 450 litres per day while those in low density suburbs are limited to 550 litres per day.