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Bulawayo introduces water shedding

By Staff Reporter

Bulawayo City Council has hinted that there will be massive water shedding from Sunday 30 June owing to power challenges at Ncema Water Works and Fernhill Pump Station.

Power challenges are reportedly making it difficult for the city council to pump raw water to the plants for treatment.
In a statement, Bulawayo said the situation will last up until the power situation has improved in the country.

“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that they will be emergency water shedding City-wide on Sunday 30th of June 2019 from 0700hours until the situation improves.

“This is due to challenges with the raw water pumping of Ncema Waterworks and Fernhill pump station due to power challenges,” read the statement.

Bulawayo has a history of water shedding which is attributed to lack of adequate water sources and pumps failure among other challenges.

In 2012, the city made international news after it introduced the “Big Flush”, a synchronised toilet-flushing program on weekends, aimed at unblocking the city’s sewer system after prolonged water restrictions.

The city also introduced water shedding in 2016 after some of the supply dams were decommissioned due to reduced water levels.

Residents of Bulawayo have complained about this situation saying this situation might result in a massive outbreak of diseases

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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