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Bulawayo Council Lifts Tight Water Rationing

The council says the city's dams have received significant water inflows since the start of the rain season.
The Bulawayo City Council says it has lifted its water rationing program with effect from Monday evening, citing significant inflows into the city’s six dams due to heavy rains that are falling in most parts of the country.

The city’s daily water supply statistics show that the local authority’s six supply dams - Insiza, Inyankuni, Mtshabezi, Upper Ncema, Lower Ncema and Umzingwane - were 60,94 percent full Tuesday, compared to an average level of 41.18 percent last November before the onset of the rainy season.

For years, Bulawayo residents have endured water rationing ranging from one to four days a week. In September 2012, the local authority advised all city residents to flush their toilets simultaneously when water was restored, to clear waste that would have accumulated in sewage pipes to avoid blockages.

The city’s Ward 24 councillor, Gideon Mangena, who is also the chairman of the local authority’s Future Water Supplies committee, says they met this afternoon to finalize the development, which will be communicated to a full council meeting Wednesday before officially communicating with residents.