Furore As Council Defies Own Water Cut Schedule

By Dumisani Nyoni

Bulawayo, October 31, 2016 – RESIDENTS in the country’s second largest city are up in arms with city authorities who have failed to stick to their water shedding schedule, inconveniencing many in the process.

The residents urged the city council to stick to its proposed 48-hour long water shedding schedule to avoid further inconveniences.

Bulawayo City Council (BCC) started its water shedding programme on Monday last week following a decline in water levels at the city’s major supply dams and burst on the Mtshabezi Pipeline.

However, the council failed to follow its proposed schedule with suburbs such as Magwegwe, Lobengula, Cowdray Park among others experiencing water supply cuts on Sunday evening instead of the advertised Wednesdays. 

“According to the BCC water shedding programme, we were supposed to be shed on Wednesday but surprisingly they started shedding us yesterday (Sunday). As such, we had not yet filled our buckets in preparation for water shedding,” one Magwegwe North resident said.

Residents urged BCC officials to stick to the proposed schedule so that they could not be inconvenienced.

“We are not against the water shedding but failure to stick on the proposed schedule. Why are they changing times?” another resident queried.

Mpofu said the amount of water in the dams dropped to 30,50 percent from last month’s figure of 32,25 percent.

The total volume is 126, 452, 645 cubic metres of which the usable volume is 109, 867, 537 cubic metres.

During the same period last year, the operational dams contained 193, 843, 440 cubic metres of water, which translated to 46,75%, which is 16,25% more than the current storage.

According to the water shedding schedule, all residents are exempted on Sundays while industries and the Central Business District will not have water cuts.