Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has advised residents that there have been disruptions in water supply following an emergency shutdown by the City Council due to power outages.
In a statement this Thursday, Bulawayo Town Clerk, Christopher Dube said the shutdown will persist until power is restored. The statement read:
The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that there will be an emergency shutdown of water supplies to all residential areas in the City except for Industry and the Central Business District on Thursday, 4 November 2021.
The interruption is due to power outages experienced from yesterday (Wednesday, 3 November 2021) up to today at Ncema Treatment Works and Fernhill Booster Station that resulted in the loss of treatment and pumping. This has resulted in low reservoir levels across the city.
Further to that, there was a loss of pumping due to a power outage at the Rochester pump station in Nyamandlovu resulting in a lack of pumping from the Aquifer.
The shutdown will be maintained until the restoration of power supply and pumping to enable treatment and to allow for the supply reservoirs to gain to satisfactory levels.
The City wishes to further advise that there will be a disruption to the water-shedding programme for areas supplied by the Tuli, Rifle Range and Hillside Reservoirs.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company is already on the ground investigating the cause of the outage and low voltage and are working towards the restoration of supplies.
Residents are further advised to conserve water accordingly and ensure that taps remain turned off in case of earlier re-supply.
Bulawayo City Council wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for any inconvenience caused.