By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Bulawayo City Council has revealed plans to urgently shut down water supply today (Thursday) to all the city’s residential areas except for the industry and Central Business District (CBD).
Bulawayo’s town clerk, Christopher Dube confirmed this in a statement dated Thursday 4 November 2021.
“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 industry and the Central Business District (CBD) on Thursday, 4 November 2021,” reads part of the BCC statement.
In their statement council mentioned that the shut down is due to a power outrage experienced at Ncema Treatment Works and Fernhill Booster Station Wednesday.
According to BCC, the outarage resulted in loss of treament and pumping causing low reservoir levels across the city.
“Further to that there was loss of pumping due to outrage at the Rochester pump station in Nyamandlovu resulting in lack of pumping from the Aquifer. The shutdown will be mantained until restoration of power supply and pumping to enable treatment and to allow for the supply reservoirs to gain to satisfactory levels,” further reads the statement.
The council urged residents to use water wisely and ensure their taps remain closed in case of an early re-supply.
However, BCC said, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company has began investigating to what caused of the power outrage.