CHENGETAI MURIMWA IN BULAWAYO
The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) insists it will continue with a weekly 144-hour water rationing programme despite its supply dams receiving significant inflows since the onset of the rainy season, it has been learnt.
The city’s dams are now all operational after the local authority brought back online decommissioned dams after they gained substantial inflows.
But, BCC senior public Relations Officer, Nesisa Mpofu, told Business Times that, it was not possible for the local authority to stop water rationing now, although the city council has resumed pumping waterfrom all their supply dams.
“All our six supply dams are now operational, but the city remains ona 144-hour water shedding programme which means that water comes once a week.
It is anticipated that the schedule will be reviewed at the end of January 2021,” Mpofu said.
She said it was difficult to estimate how long the water in the dams will last.
“It will be easy to comment after the rainy season. Also, consumption determines how long water lasts,” she said.
Mpofu said overall dam percentage as at January 18, 2021 stood at 45.54%.
She said Insiza Dam was at 56.14%, Inyankuni, 49.15%, Lower Ncema, 22.56%, Umzingwane, 23.74%, Upper Ncema, 41.00% and Mtshabezi at 35.34%. fffffffffffff