Gweru city council has introduced a water rationing schedule where residential areas will go for up to 24 hours without water.
The move has been necessitated by the dwindling water levels in the city’s main source of water, Gwenhoro Dam which is now at 18 per cent.
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The city Town Clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza issued a public notice detailing the water rationing schedules.
The schedule is from Monday to Sunday in which suburbs have been grouped from group one (G1) to group five (G5). Part of the schedule reads:
In G1 there is Mkoba 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, Ascot, Mambo, Mtapa, Clifton Park, Shamrock, Ivene, Lundi Park, Southview, Southdowns, Town, Nashville, Northlea and Claremont Park.
G2 comprises Town, Ridgemont, Clonsilla, Hertfordshire, Northgate Heights, Daylesford, Senga, Nehosho, Kopje, Cowford Park, Lingfield, Athlone, Riverside, Harben Park, Adelide Park, KMP, Thornhill Airbase and Windsor Park.
In G3 there is Mkoba 7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, Woodlands and Paradise Park. G4 we have Mkoba 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, Woodlands and Paradise Park, Senga, Daylesford, Windsor Park, Nashville, Ivene, Lundi Park, Town, Southview, Southdowns, Athlone, Ascot, Mambo, Mtapa, Clifton Park, Claremont Park while G5 has Mkoba 14, 15, 19.
Meanwhile, Gweru City Council spokesperson, Manford Gambiza advised residents to practise good hygiene and be careful with water drawn from open water bodies. He said:
In the event of looking for water from alternative sources such as boreholes, open surface water bodies, wells and water trucking, residents are encouraged to treat the water at the point of consumption by either boiling the water and storing it in a narrow-mouthed container to reduce contamination or by water disinfectants and observing the dilution rates and reaction time.
More: The Chronicle
Gwenhoro Dam is a dam constructed on the Runde river and located in Shurugwi, 37 km south of Gweru. It is built on Ian Smith's Gwenhoro farm. The Dam supplies water to Gweru and Shurugwi. In November of 2018 government allocated Gweru City Council $4... Read More About Gwenhoro Dam