Water Crisis To Worsen For Bulawayo Residents

The water crisis in Bulawayo is set to continue after Bulawayo City Council failed to finish the rehabilitation of key water infrastructure within the scheduled timeframe.

All residential areas were again cut off this Tuesday while other areas did not get a drop since Tuesday last week.

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In a statement on Tuesday (yesterday), Bulawayo Town Clerk Mr Christopher Dube revealed that the situation will only be restored to normalcy when water capacity in its reservoirs has improved. Said, Dube:

The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that we will be closing the whole City until the system stabilises.

Water supplies were re-opened on Sunday, 7 July 2019 and Monday, 8 July 2019 to allow for temporary relief following the shutdown to facilitate rehabilitation of the Criterion Water Works.

The City of Bulawayo advises residents that the works are still ongoing and we are currently operating at 50 per cent capacity, with efforts to finalise the current works as a matter of urgency.

The very high water demand of 157 ML vis a vis production of 105 ML has resulted in key Reservoirs dropping to a below critical level that is Criterion and Magwegwe Reservoirs.

It is anticipated that this shutdown will allow for the system to stabilise after which we will resume the 48-hour water-shedding programme.

We are aware of all the areas which have not yet received water and we will be supplying these with water bowsers. Residents are encouraged to liaise with their councillors as well as the City of Bulawayo Call Centre.

Meanwhile, hospitals, industry, mines and the Central Business District have been exempted from the blanket shutdown.

More: Chronicle


Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and it is 439km from the capital, Harare, 111 km from the Botswana border, and on the line of rail via Victoria Falls to Zambia and the copperbelt. Its location was the home of the last Matabele (Ndebele) king,... Read More About Bulawayo

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