Bulawayo City Council will from this Wednesday, start implementing a 108-hour weekly water-shedding programme due to challenges at its reservoirs and treatment plant.
The local authority has been implementing a 96-weekly water-shedding exercise before the latest development but warned that even the 108-hour weekly shedding may be extended if residents fail to conserve water. Town Clerk Christopher Dube said:
The public is being advised that the City of Bulawayo is currently experiencing challenges with both its raw and clear water reservoirs at Criterion reservoirs and at Criterion water treatment plant.
Drawing of the raw water from the dams is increasingly becoming a challenge and to that effect, the council will introduce a 108-hour shedding programme with effect from (today) Wednesday, 8, April 2020.
Reports indicate that that high lying suburbs such as Emganwini, Pumula South and Magwegwe might go for eight months without tap water and Council will have to deliver water bowsers to the residential areas.
Meanwhile, Bulawayo dam levels are at 32 per cent as the water bodies received little rainfall in the just ended 2019/20 rainy season.