Bulawayo City Council (BCC) yesterday revealed it has only five bowsers to distribute water to the residents in 25 wards during the water-shedding period in the city ,a situation that leads to many residents not getting deliveries.
Report by Pamela Mhlanga
Speaking at a workshop held at Tower Block, BCC public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said due to the escalated water-shedding, currently at 96 hours per week, residents in the city relied on water supply by council through the use of bowsers.
She said the shortage of bowsers had scuttled efforts by the local authority to supply residents with the precious liquid.
“The five bowsers are not enough to provide adequate water to 25 wards in the city. Considering the fact that Bulawayo is facing a severe shortage of water due to erratic rainfall, we need more bowsers,” said Mpofu.
“Bowsers are also an advantage to the vulnerable and the disabled who cannot walk long distances to fetch for water from boreholes.”
The public relations officer said the city council together with stakeholders was making necessary efforts to address the crisis in terms of sinking new boreholes for Bulawayo.
Last week, Water Resources, Development and Management minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo confirmed that the city was facing a shortage of bowsers with only five bowsers out of the required 10.