The City Council (BCC) has been blamed for the water crisis currently bedevilling the city due to its failure to adequately draw bulk water from the major supply dams.
Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Anxious Masuka said three of Bulawayo’s supply dams – Insiza, Inyankuni and Mtshabezi – have water to last the city for 11 months but lack of investment in a bulk water delivery system has contributed to the ongoing water crisis.
In a ministerial statement on water issues presented in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Masuka said:
The City of Bulawayo has mainly been drawing water from three sources: Upper Ncema, Lower Ncema and Mzingwane – until they were very low and decommissioned whilst the biggest dams – Insiza, Inyankuni and Mtshabezi -remain with substantial amounts of water which could last the city up to 11 months at 155 Mega Litres (ML) per day.
It is unfortunate that the City of Bulawayo has made limited investments in improving abstraction capacity which could have assisted in addressing the water challenges.
Council has in the past, however, said delivery of bulk water to the city is the mandate of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).