The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has warned residents of the disruption of water supply due to power outages at its pump stations.
In a statement, Bulawayo Town Clerk, Christopher Dube said the power outages were caused by lightning activity.
“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public of water supply interruptions and suspension of the 72-hour shedding programme to all areas in the city except areas fed by Tuli reservoir and the Central Business District. This is a result of a power outage caused by lightning activity at Inyankuni Dam booster station which occurred on Tuesday, 1 November 2022 at 2200hours up to Wednesday, 2 November at 1400hours,” said Dube.
He, however, said the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have been notified and are attending to the matter.
Dube added that Rochester and Epping Forest pumping have also been affected by power outages which have seen no pumping from Nyamandlovu from Tuesday to Wednesday and this has further affected the decreasing reservoir levels.
He said to protect the supply and distribution reservoirs from collapsing due to reduced volumes of raw water, the local authority will temporarily suspend the current 72-hour shedding programme and cut off supply until power is restored at Inyankuni and abstraction and pumping of raw water has resumed.
The affected suburbs are Bellevue, Newton West, West Somerton, Montrose, South World, Sizinda, Tshabalala, Nkulumane1-12, Nketa 6-9, Burnside, Emganwini, Pumula South phase 1 and 2, Old Pumula A-C, Pumula North, Pumula East, Pumula South phase 3, Pelandaba, West, Mpopoma South, Old Pelandaba, Iminyela, Khami, CowdrayPark, Gwabalanda, Emakhandeni, Magwegwe, Mabutweni, Matshobane, Njube, Luveve, Mpopoma, Harrisvale, Trenance, Richmond, Sauerstown, Barbourdfields, Mzilikazi, Nguboyenja, Makokoba, Hillside, South riding, Fourwinds, Morningside, Barham Green, Greenhill, Mqabuko heights, Ilanda, Romney Park, Paddonhurst, Bradfield, Tegela, Emhlangeni, Northend and Sunnyside.
“The City of Bulawayo wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for the inconvenience caused,” said Dube.