Bulawayo city council said that the scheduled water cuts that were in place before the current shutdown could be abandoned once water supplies resume in about two weeks’ time.
However, water-shedding will only be suspended if residents reduce daily water consumption and stick to their rationing levels.
This was revealed by the council’s Director of Engineering Services, Engineer Simela Dube. Said, Dube:
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The problem we are facing at the moment is that of reducing daily consumption because we are facing a situation where we could end up increasing water shedding and rationing because people are not sticking to their water rationing levels.
Residents, who contribute 72 per cent of the daily consumption, must realise the importance of sticking to their rationing figures because this will see us not resorting to water shedding.
As long as our daily consumption is around 120 megalitres a day, we are safe and don’t need to shed water.
Last week Bulawayo City Council started implementing major rehabilitation works under the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) funded by the African Development Bank.
The programme is meant to improve municipal water supply and sanitation services in the city.