City water woes set to worsen


WATER levels at Bulawayo’s supply dams continue to dwindle and remain at critical levels, with an average of 47,05% capacity.

Nqobile Bhebhe

Consumption levels, according to figures from Bulawayo City Council (BCC) indicate that water uptake is higher for four days a week.
On Monday, the supply dams had 195 102 788 cubic metres out of a potential capacity of 414 627 700 cubic metres.

Inyankuni Dam, which faces decommissioning this month is only 5,4% full, while Mtshabezi Dam had 98,9%.

The update report said last week high uptake was recorded on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with consumption of 110 962 cubic metres and 139 778 cubic metres.

On Sunday, consumption was at 125 925 cubic metres, but dropped to 60 717 cubic metres on Monday.

In the period under review, Nyamandlovu only pumped on three occasions while Mtshabezi Dam contributed 3 935 cubic metres on Monday.

Bulawayo could be facing a prolonged critical water crisis this year, as already one dam has been decommissioned while another one is expected to be cut off at the end of this month.

Bulawayo has been implementing a stringent water rationing regime as the supply dams water volumes were dwindling.

Initially water-shedding was 48 hours per week, but was later increased to 72 hours per week.

Bulawayo’s average daily water consumption is about 100 000 cubic metres.