A consultant engaged by the government to look into the Bulawayo water crisis has claimed there is no water crisis in Bulawayo since Bulawayo Dams have adequate water to supply the city with water for 9 to 14 months, Sunday News Reports.
In addition, the consultant reportedly said the city only needed $12 Million to address the water crisis and not $77 million as projected by the Bulawayo City Council.
The independent Consultant Engineer Kruger reportedly said:
Looking at the water currently available, there is Insiza Mayfair and at the current requirements of about 150 megalitres per day (to residents), it will mean that dam itself has 5,1 months of water available. I am not saying I am capable of bringing that water here, but that water body is there. If Inyankuni was to supply the City of Bulawayo by itself at a rate of 150 megalitres per day, that will give us five months of water. From Mtshabezi Dam on the other hand, we could actually have 3,6 months of water. If we put these together, we actually have 14 months of water supply. The bottom line is that water is actually here. The water is in the system. The only challenge is in getting the water to the people,
The consultant also said the City Of Bulawayo was providing treated water to farmers for irrigation purposes along their pipelines:
Just take an aerial picture of the Insiza pipeline for example, you will see clearly organised farming activities occurring along the pipeline meaning the city is supplying these people with treated water for their agriculture purposes, what is needed here is that we come up with a pipeline to supply them with untreated water, so that all the treated water is directed to the residents of Bulawayo where it is most needed.
The consultant further claimed that the City only needs $12 Million to constantly provide residents with running water:
With $12 million the city can have a constant supply of water in the next three months. Further the local authority cannot be talking about purifying Khami Dam water because that is an expensive process. As per my projections, part of the $12 million will be used for the Epping Forest borehole expansion project ($1,4 million), Mtshabezi pipeline boost ($2,2 million), Insiza pipeline ($1,3 million) and Inyankuni ($325 000), to mention but a few. With this figure we can bring 126 megalitres of water a day into Bulawayo which is enough to cater for the city’s water needs
However, Bulawayo Mayor responding to the consultant’s claims said, the consultant’s report did not address mechanical strategies suggested to bring water into the city.
Bulawayo residents are going for 144 hours per week without water.
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