Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is pleading with residents to accept the recycling of Khami Dam water as it works on alternative solutions to the city’s water crisis.
BCC Director of Engineering Services Engineer Simela Dube on Wednesday outlined how the city would benefit from using Khami Dam water.
Eng Dube was making a presentation on the council’s proposed plan to the Bulawayo water crisis committee meeting attended by stakeholders at the Large City Hall.
He said the project will cost US$26 million and said council remains committed to providing quality water to residents.
BCC acting Town Clerk Sikhangele Zhou urged stakeholders to be led by facts rather than emotions regarding the process of recycling Khami Dam water. She said:
We are putting this forward as one of the possible solutions and we are here to discuss whether it’s possible or not and we want to do this from an informed point of view.
We should not use emotions, we know emotions will come in but let that not be the only factor that informs our discourse. Let’s be informed by facts regarding this issue.
Khami Dam was commissioned in 1927 and became Bulawayo’s first supply dam but was decommissioned in 1989 due to pollution caused by raw effluent seeping into the dam.
Bulawayo is currently facing a severe water crisis that has forced the council to introduce a weekly 144-hour water-shedding programme.