Power cuts affect water supplies in Byo

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has warned residents of water cuts due to electricity challenges at its pumping stations.

In a statement, Thursday, BCC Town Clerk Christopher Dube said there were power cuts at several supply reservoirs on Wednesday which resulted in the disruption of water treatment processes and pumping.

“The city of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that there will be an emergency shutdown of water supplies to all residential areas in the city except for industrial and Central Business District on Thursday, November 4, 2021,” Dube said. 

“The interruption is due to power outages experienced from Wednesday, November 3, 2021, up to Thursday, November 4 at Ncema Treatment Works and Fernhill Booster Station that resulted in the loss of treatment and pumping. This has resulted in low reservoir levels across the city.” 

Dube noted that Richet pump station in Nyamandlovu was also affected by the power cut resulting in lack of pumping from the Aquifer.

“The shutdown will be maintained until the restoration of power supply and pumping to enable treatment and to allow for the supply reservoirs to gain satisfactory levels. The City wishes to further advise that there will be a disruption to the water-shedding program for areas supplied by the Tuli, Rifle Range and Hillside reservoirs,” he said. 

“ZETDC is already on the ground investigating the cause of the outage and low voltage and are working towards the restoration of supplies. Residents are further advised to conserve water accordingly and ensure that taps remain turned off in case of earlier resupply.”

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