The water crisis in Bulawayo may worsen after the city council announced that it has decommissioned one of its six supply dams, Upper Ncema which is now at 3 per cent full.
Bulawayo City Council public relations officer, Miss Bongiwe Ngwenya said that the dam was decommissioned on Saturday last week. She said in a statement:
The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that Upper Ncema Dam has been decommissioned with effect from Saturday 8 June 2019.
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The City remains with five out of six dams (Lower Ncema, Umzingwane, Insiza, Mtshabezi, and Inyankuni) as available sources of surface water supply.
Bulawayo City Council further advises consumers that the current 48-hour water shedding programme remains unchanged and residents are urged to conserve and use water sparingly.
Bulawayo city is in the throes of a strict water rationing regime, with suburbs going for 48 hours without water.