Load exemption at water works improves Byo water supplies

Water woes are set to ease in Bulawayo as the local authority is receiving a constant supply of power at reservoirs and supply dams, a council official has stated. 

The local government and ZETDC recently promised the local authority uninterrupted power supply at reservoirs to improve water supply which was being affected by constant power cuts. 

Responding to questions from this publication, BCC Corporate Communications Manager, Nesisa Mpofu, said efforts are being made to ensure that there is an improved water supply. 

“The City of Bulawayo has been working towards stabilising the system. Council, at the Water Crisis meeting held on the 27th March 2023, did advise that uninterrupted power supply at Ncema, Fernhill and Criterion, including Inyankuni andMzingwane Boosters is key in ensuring sustainability of the water shedding programme. The City of Bulawayo for the past weeks has had a constant supply at the reservoirs and dams and this has assisted in stabilising some of the reservoirs,” she said. 

“The City of Bulawayo is working towards improving its water supply and building up the raw water reservoir. This would be key in breaking long dry spells and delivering water in line with the water shedding programme. To ensure this, it is key for constant Power Supply to be there, constant water of at least 15ML/Day from Nyamandlovu, which is currently giving 8MLD, and improving raw water delivery from the Mzingwane Dam.” 

Mpofu said in the same vein of improving water supply, the local authority is working on installing solar energy to power its pump stations.

“Rehabilitation of boreholes has also started in some parts of the city and is ongoing as and when reports are received. The City of Bulawayo would like to appreciate the residents and stakeholders for their partnership and assistance,” she said.

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