Masvingo city is at facing a severe water shortage crisis due to the late onset of the rains. Lake Mutirikwi, which supplies Masvingo is at 7,6% with only 2,4% being usable water, because once water levels drop to less than 5%, council authorities will be forced to shutdown supplies.
Masvingo Mayor Hubert Fidze used social media site Whatsapp to communicate with Masvingo residents and inform them of the alarming development.
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Part of the message reads:
Please Masvingo residents, take note that Lake Mutirikwi is now sitting at 7.6%. This means that we are left with only about 2.5% for usage. We shall therefore be forced to commence water rationing at any time soon. Let’s use water wisely.
We are now at a critical situation. In the previous two weeks, the water level was on 9% and if residents don’t save water I am not sure what the situation would be like in the coming fortnight.
As of September 21, 2016, the dam level stood at 11.52% compared to 20.41% of the same period last year. The decline translated to an 8.9 decline. So if the City doesn’t use water wisely, we are doomed.
All I know is that if the water levels drop down to 5%, authorities will have to cut us from the precious liquid. I cannot comment on what the city consumes per day but I believe the engineer will be able to answer that.