By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Bulawayo residents will face another water crisis this week, following an announcement by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) on Wednesday that water facilities are still facing power outages.
Last week BCC through a statement by town clerk, Christopher Dube, confirmed an emergency shut down of water in most residential areas except for the industry and Central Business District.
The water shortages follows after the local authorities indicated of a power outage at Rochester pump station in Nyamandlovu which resulted in lack of pumping from the Aquifer, last week.
“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that the City’s water facilities are currently experiencing power outages that are affecting water abstraction, pumping, treatment, and storage of both treated and raw water over the past six days.
“This has had a negative overall effect on the City’s capacity to ensure continuous and in some instances scheduled water supply to all areas.”
“By way of this notice, residents are being appraised of the situation as this is leading to erratic water supplies. In case when the City reservoirs deplete to critical levels, supply to affected suburbs will be turned off till such a time where power supply to the mentioned plants has been restored to levels that will enable constant and consistent abstraction, treatment, and pumping plus the raising of supply reservoirs to stable and satisfactory levels,” reads BCC’s statement.