BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) yesterday re-introduced water bowsers as the city struggles with punishing water shortages.
The local authority said the city had been facing extended periods of reduced raw water pumping for the past two weeks because of ongoing pump repairs.
In a notice to residents, Bulawayo town clerk Christopher Dube said council was bringing in water bowsers to stabilise the situation and prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases.
"Water bowsers will also be used to complement these efforts until the water system stabilises,” he said.
The exercise may take at least two weeks because of the increasing hot temperatures.
BCC is working on restoring full water delivery as soon as possible.
“BCC wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for the inconvenience that has been caused,” Dube said.
Bulawayo residents have for the past week been experiencing serious water shortages.
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The city has, however, had water woes for decades and its salvation has always been placed on the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project, an ambitious project to pipe water from the mighty Zambezi River, 452 kilometres away to Bulawayo. The project is underway. The initiative was mooted in 1912, but had been abandoned by successive governments due to the high costs involved.