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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 a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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