Byo council reduces water rationing

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City Council will from this week further reduce its current water rationing period from  two days to a day relieving residents of a pesky water cut regime introduced in July last year.

Speaking at a press briefing held at the City Council Chambers last week, Mayor Martin Moyo said the council had relaxed its water rationing schedule in anticipation of better inflows into the city’s reservoirs.

“Council will as from Monday reduce the water rationing period because we are expecting more water inflow in dams owing to the heavy rains,” he said.

Moyo said this does not however mean the relaxation had been prompted by inflows into the city’s dams as the city has no experienced much rainfall since the onset of the rainy season.

“The overall combined percentage total of dams is at 40,4 percent  as at January 2014 compared to the 43,1 percent of last year July when the water rationing was pegged 76 hours. This means we are below the level which necessitated the water rationing but we have hope that our dams levels will rise,” he said.

Moyo urged better water husbandry among residents so as to avoid rapid depletion of supplies.  

He said although all attempts will be made to stick to the new schedule this would be subject to change depending on the reports from the dams.

He said the council was also working on recycling water from some polluted dams for industrial use with financial assistance from German donors.

“We recently went on a tour to Khami dam with German donors because we want to rebuild the water recycling equipment at the site. Currently the quality of water in the dam is not potable and no one wants to use contaminated water,” Moyo said.

Council intends to improve the quality of water and reticulate it for industrial purposes.

It also intends to refurbish equipment at Thorngrove Treatment works so that it can resume supplies to Centenary Park and Babourfields Stadium, Moyo said.

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