Bulawayo residents to go 72 hours per week without water

Bulawayo City Council yesterday reviewed its water shedding schedule to 72 hours per week as the amount of water in supply dams and reservoirs has gone beyond critical levels.

The local authority also warned that if residents fail to use less water under the new schedule, more stringent measures would be implemented. The announcement comes after the city embarked on a 48-hour weekly water shedding regime which it failed to adhere to leaving residents stranded, with some suburbs now having gone for seven days without water.

At the height of water shedding in 2013, Bulawayo residents went without water for up to four days in a week. Bulawayo is facing its worst water crisis in five years. Its six supply dams, Insiza, Mtshabezi, Inyankuni, Umzingwane, Lower and Upper Ncema are at about 30 percent of their collective capacity.

More: Chronicle

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