Bulawayo residents will be without water for the next two weeks as the refurbishment of the city’s water infrastructure is now 80 per complete.
This was revealed by the local authority’s Town Clerk, Christopher Dube, who was speaking on the sidelines of a water crisis committee meeting held at the Small City Hall on Thursday. Said, Dube:
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The challenge faced by the contractor is that there were some things which they had not initially planned to replace like valves for example, but when they removed them they discovered that these were severely worn out and needed to be replaced.
This is among other challenges that have been faced since we started the exercise over a week ago.
However, as it stands I can say the whole rehabilitation process is now 80 per cent complete.
In terms of timelines, I can say we would have finished in the next two weeks. I am confident that when all work is complete our water delivery situation will vastly improve.
We could even abandon our water shedding schedule but this is subject to us reducing our daily consumption to at least 120 megalitres a day.
The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is implementing major rehabilitation works under the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) funded by the African Development Bank.
The programmes are meant to improve municipal water supply and sanitation services in the city.
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