Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Tuesday told residents that it cannot guarantee uninterrupted water supplies to all areas due to intermittent power supply being experienced.
In a statement, Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube said if the power supply situation continues, high lying areas may start experiencing low water pressure and water cuts. Said, Dube:
The City of Bulawayo would like to inform residents of Bulawayo that there may be possible water supply interruptions due to the intermittent power supply being experienced citywide.
The Ncema and Fernhill Pump Stations last night lost 3hrs of pumping and the Criterion Water Treatment Works still has no power since 18:18hours yesterday (Monday, 28 June 2021).
Residents are advised that this has negatively affected the treatment of water as well as pumping of both raw water and clear water.
If this situation continues, high lying areas may start experiencing low water pressure and intermittent water supply.
As these challenges are being experienced residents are requested to note that the city is not under Water Shedding except for the suburbs supplied by Tuli Reservoir.
The City of Bulawayo urges residents to conserve water.
On Monday, Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda Monday said the country faces prolonged power outages after a surge in electricity imports from neighbouring South Africa overloaded the network and caused generating plants to fail.
Speaking by phone to Bloomberg, Zhemu said the surge caused a nationwide blackout in the early hours of Monday, as it affected output at the Kariba hydropower plant and the coal-fired Hwange Power Station.