Bulawayo metropolitan water woes are likely going to be exacerbated by low rainfall received in the area during the 2018/19 season.
The city is already on a programme of strict water rationing with some parts of the metropole going for 72 hours without water.
Bulawayo’s senior public relations officer, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu said that the water rationing was introduced because of broken down infrastructure that was key in pumping water to the reservoir. Said Mpofu:
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If you remember we did not introduce water shedding because of supply dam levels but because of our infrastructure which needed urgent attention for us to ensure our Criterion Raw Water Reservoir has adequate supplies.
There was a point where we had dropped to one metre but now we are improving to above two metres, of which the recommended level is seven meters.
For now, we are working round the clock for the level to get to above seven metres, after that, I am sure we will be able to supply water to all our residents without the need to shed water.
As we strive to do this we, however, continue calling on our residents to continue using water sparingly so that we manage to contain our consumption levels.
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