City water woes worsen

WATER shortages and the Bulawayo City Council’s rationing programme are increasingly becoming a bitter pill for Cowdray Park residents who go for days without water.

Report by Blondie Ndebele

The situation is worse for residents of the “new stands” area of the sprawling suburb where households do not have running water as the local authority is yet to service the neighbourhood.

In a tour of the area yesterday, residents said they needed council to service their stands and put taps in every household and to end water rationing, which was causing chaos in the area.

“Water is really a problem this side,” Tapiwa Zhou, a resident, said.
“If you could, you would stop rationing water, it would be better because all these people depend on a community tap for their clean water.”

He said water supplies to the area were cut every Monday mornings and restored on Thursdays.

“To make matters worse, as soon as the water comes back, only strong men are able to get it because of the pressure and chaos that would be there,” Sakheleni Sithole added.

“You can actually spend the whole day in the queue and not get any water. People fight on a daily basis for water.”

Some of the residents said they avoided the chaos by waking up during the night and in the early hours of the morning to fetch water from the communal taps.

“For some of us who do not have the energy to fight, we think it is better to wake up around 1am, come here and get our water without fighting with anyone,” Rita Mangwana, another resident said. “The situation is really pathetic.”

Other residents said they fetched their bathing water from open wells they dug or from open water ponds left by sand poachers to avoid quarrelling at the taps.

“The council should at least provide us with more water taps in this area to ease congestion if they are failing to provide us with individual taps,” Mangwana said.
The area, with an estimated

10 000 housing stands, only has five taps to service the community.

Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said the local authority would look into the matter of putting more taps in the area and will also send water bowsers there.

“Plans of servicing the stands have been communicated with the residents,” he said.
“Meanwhile, the council will assess the population and find out how many more taps are needed.”

Moyo said the water situation in Bulawayo was known and it was difficult to stop water rationing.

The city is expected to decommission two of its three supply dams in July, as the water situation continues to deteriorate.

Bulawayo has resorted to water rationing in an effort to conserve the little water in its supply dams.

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20 Comments

  1. While water supply is a problem in town and cities in Zimbabwe, the mushrooming of churches also now a cause of concern. Mapastors oita madiro nemasisters mumachechi. Guys if yo gal achingogara achiti handisi kukuona nhasi ndiri kwenda kuchechi mid-week sessions. Don’t close your eyes. Its now high time we demonstrate that vana mai vafundisi fambai nevarume venyu muma outreaches.

  2. Where is Tsvangirai and his bootlickers? What are they doing about its?

    1. My friend I think you have that dull political mind which even when one has not done anything you just smere him.Where does Tsvangirayi come in here?It does not matter that the council is an MDC-T run then you label somebody which a wrong tag.What is Chombo doing since he is the ione who was conaemplating the occupation of those houses without servicing first.He is now mum and con nolt talk about the situation.Now that thye blair toilets built are nearing full honestly those people taking water from unprotected wells are doing it at risk.Again is the council aware that we are likely to tap water from the contaminated acquifer.There is a lot of sippage under ground and our water supply from the Nyamandhlovu acquifer is likely going to be contaminated soon.Come heavy rains really we are going to drink feaces.Food for thought.

      1. Last time I check his bootlickers run the council ? Who are they answering to? Who is their “Daddy”? Wake up fool

      2. As for Chombo who cares about that scrap S—-t

  3. In Bluff Hill it is now 2 weeks since there was water from our taps.

  4. There should be more pronounced residents participation in the running of councils in future.

  5. mandla ndebele

    Wena wamaromo ungasitsheli nge-bluffhill yenu leyo. Harare city council is jst a disaster coz lake chibero is full, ey jst cnt treat n distribute da water. Dnt equate it to da BYO situation wer da supply dams r dry. Ere’s literally no water, its beyond da council. Its hs to be made a national disaster so dat da government comes in n make it a priority. Bt then again its Bulawayo so nothing is or wil b done abt it…

    1. QUOTE Wena wamaromo ungasitsheli nge-bluffhill yenu leyo. Harare city council is jst a disaster coz lake chibero is full, ey jst cnt treat n distribute da water. Dnt equate it to da BYO situation wer da supply dams r dry. Ere’s literally no water, its beyond da council. Its hs to be made a national disaster so dat da government comes in n make it a priority. Bt then again its Bulawayo so nothing is or wil b done abt it UNQUOTE

      What the heck are you saying? You are not communicating on a chidina where abbreviations are needed. Use proper English, my friend.

  6. Can we get innovative people running the councils, honestly how can we as a city suffer for over two decades being faced with the same problem and still no solution. These politicians just care about fattening their tummies Zanu/ Mdc. None of them seem to have a clue of what is going on with the people.

  7. We need the Zambezi Water project to be finalised Bulawayo is a dry place everybody knows that. People of Matebeleland step up please for this is the only life line. Where there is a will there is a way

    1. @Chinja 4 Life. It has not been finalised because the politicians are insensitive to the plight of the people and are mainly worried about their own welfare. They keep blaming each other for their failures in the GNU while they enjoy the gravy train and think they are fooling us.

  8. That’s what happens when national and council affairs are run by incompetent man and women 32yrs Zambezi water project still seating with the “president to do list”

  9. Ahem ahem chimbotipaiwo nzeve .that place was reserved for the mwari shrine kuphela (away from human influence). The white men only built industries ikoko bhikozi they had to get their industries paive paine vanhu . Kuitira manpower ka . Vaitiza zvavaitiza kwazuru vakafara nekuti paive pasina munhu . Hee zambezi project hee . We will build a new capital ku mt hampden as first priority . Arwadziwa ngaadzokere kwazuru . After all money doesnt grow on trees . Seng qedile

  10. Kutoviga mbavha yekwazuru pa matonjeni . Mukarova bayethe pachivigwa mubhiritishi pa matonjeni hazvichakufambirai mavakutisembura muno .MWARI can do his own battles . Muchabudamo sokupinda kwamakamboitamo. Kana modzokera mutore marangwanda embavha yenyu iri pamatopo .(joseph and jacob’s bones were taken out of egypt bek to canaan . )

  11. Munofunga kuti mvura inonaya ikoko sei nemakunakuna amunoti culture amunoita . )Tezvara must hv sex wit malokazana ). Pamatonjeni manje ! Actually people are not supposed to be staying pasina sewer and water . Me Think its high time for another murambatsvina focused on the green Viscount airbase(ndege yemashanga )

  12. Munofunga kuti mvura inonaya ikoko sei nemakunakuna amunoti culture amunoita . )Tezvara must hv sex wit malokazana ). Pamatonjeni manje ! Actually people are not supposed to be staying pasina sewer and water . Me Think its high time for another murambatsvina focused on the green Viscount airbase(ndege yemashanga yegreen)

  13. @Sihle tipewo maserious zvinoratidza kuti uridofo and bharadzi. Its not your fault vamwe pavaita Geography iwe waifunga zvamwari. On top of that you are a tribalist,racist and a loser. Leave us to alone we want to help Matebeleland to me it is a problem that can be sorted mira titange tabvisa maDictator first it will be just a matter of time Matebeleland will be a green belt and we do not want to see you there gara kwauri ikoko. Unonyadzisa just like Phunyu

  14. Mr chinja 4 life . Iiiwe wozogona the zambezi project nhasi . Kana iye obert mpofu wakambomunzwa achitaura nezvayo . Kana wasvotwa nazvo it means ndataura chokwadi . Who cares about matebeleland .after all the true matabeles are almost extinct anyway . Hee zambezi hee purojekiti . Uda kugadzira mvura kwana punyu izvozvi mufakose haina mvuraso . Kasi uriwe mdcn kani

  15. @Sihle Ita mushe MDC T has Matebeleland to thank and we will look after them for they are part if Zimbo. Please do not be a tribalist haunzwe here. Matebeleland water project will be pursued as it is the only hope for the matelebeland region. We want Zimbo to succeed. Like i said we have to do first things first let the dictators go. Ita mushe Mashonaland inyika nyoro. vanhu kumufakose vari kurarama nebore hole water hausi kuverenga news here?

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