Businesses in Bulawayo have been negatively affected by the acute shortage of water in the city since last week.
The Bulawayo city council is currently repairing and upgrading its water infrastructure necessitating a shutdown of water supplies across the city, with a few critical areas exempted from the water cuts.
Association for Business in Zimbabwe (ABUZ) chief executive officer, Victor Nyoni, on Wednesday told the Chronicle that the manufacturing and hotel industries have been hard hit by the water crisis. He said:
The manufacturing side of the business has been affected and also the hotel industry and clothing. If you go to companies that are manufacturing there is a lot of water that is used there and these ones have been affected without necessarily giving names.
We are surprised that after 125 years the city council has not improved its infrastructure to the fact that when they work in one dam the other dam is able to supply the city or at least to be able to build big reservoirs so that if they cut off supply the city council can disburse from the reservoirs.
Meanwhile, the city council has invited the business community for a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday (today) to discuss the way forward.