Bulawayo's Water Woes Set To Come To An End

The Chairperson of the Future Water Supplies and Water Action Committee, Councillor Newman Hlabani, recently updated the city council on a fact finding tour undertaken by his committee to Mtshabezi Dam. He noted significant progress on the pipeline project had been made and works was probably at 70 percent complete.

According to Bulawayo City Council minutes, Councillor Hlabani reported that at the current rate, completion of Mtshabezi Water Pipeline Project was projected to be complete around October. It was envisaged that a significant additional amount of water would be availed to Council’s system.

Currently, the City’s five dams are operational, with UMzingwane Dam being at lowest level of 19 percent and the emergency gate for Lower Ncema has been re-assembled after repairs.

Insiza Mayfair,  Inyankuni, Lower Ncema, Umzingwane and Upper Ncema by July there were 62.3 percent full with 226 052 456 cubic meters and the City’s daily water consumption is estimated at an average of 122 538 cubic meters per day for the month.

City’s report states that by June this year, Insiza was 94.7 percent full while Inyankuni was 27.2 percent, Lower Ncema 41.5 percent, Umzingwane 19percent and Upper Ncema 52.2 percent.

Mtshabezi Pipeline Project contractor, Nanchang Executive chairman, engineer Liangming Jin recently told Radio VOP that the US$12 million they received from government was enough for this year. They were however still waiting for some fittings in order to complete the project.