The City of Bulawayo has advised residents to boil water drawn from boreholes as it is highly susceptible to contamination.
Bulawayo City Council minutes released on Wednesday said residents should boil water accessed from boreholes as they can be contaminated by sewer. Reads the minutes:
The Acting Director of Engineering Services reported (30th June 2022) that borehole water was not treated water nor did Council have the capacity to treat or protect such water from contamination.
In that regard, the bacteriological quality of borehole water could not be guaranteed since the water was untreated and subject to contamination at any time from environmental factors like sewer overflows and bacteriological contaminated soil.
Residents were therefore advised to boil borehole water before drinking it or using it for any domestic consumption.
The council said Bulawayo has 346 boreholes in the city with 11 of them vandalised.
The local authority has been struggling to provide water to residents over the past few weeks, with most of them now resorting to drawing it from boreholes.