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Council increases water shedding

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BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) is set to extend its water-shedding regime to four days a week starting on Monday in a bid to conserve limited supplies, as shortage reaches frightening levels.

REPORT BY SHERYLEEN MASUKU  OWN CORRESPONDENT

The local authority’s public relations department yesterday confirmed that water-shedding had been extended to 96 hours, up from 72, meaning the shedding timetable would be adjusted as well.

BCC senior public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said in a statement the city “will be introducing the new 96-hour water-shedding schedule which will stagger shedding into two 48-hour periods per week”.

“This is in a bid to try and conserve the limited water supply in the city’s dams and manage the limited resources before the next rainy season,” she said.

Mpofu said as a result of increased shedding, the plight of residents whose houses were located on hills or high ground was set to worsen.

Mpofu said there would be changes to the water-shedding timetable, “and it is set to furtherchange without notice in cases of emergency”.

Mpofu said Nkulumane, Emganwini, Nketa, Pumula, Sizinda, Bellevue, Newton West, Southwold and West Somerton would experience water cuts from Monday at 7:30am to Wednesday at 7:30am, and the water supplies would be cut again on Friday at 7:30am until the same time on Sunday. Residents in Cowdray Park, Luveve, Magwegwe, Njube, Entumbane, Emakhandeni, Barbourfields, Mzilikazi, Mpopoma, Makokoba, Lobengula, Mabutweni, Iminyela, Pelandaba and Matshobane would have their water supplies cut from Tuesday at 7:30am to Thursday morning, and on Saturday until Monday the following week.

Outside areas such as Esigodini, Imbizo Barracks and Mzinyathini irrigation scheme would have their supplies cut on Monday morning and restored on Wednesday at 7:30am.

The current water-shedding was introduced by the local authority in July this year in a bid to conserve water following the decommissioning of two of the city’s supply dams. Initially water-shedding was 48 hours per week, but was later increased to 72 hours per week.

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