By Byo Citizen Reporter
Bulawayo residents should brace up for prolonged water cuts as a result of the current power cuts.
Zimbabwe is currently experiencing power cuts. Energy Minister Soda Zhemu has attributed the power cuts to the surge in electricity imports from neighboring South Africa which are overloading ZESA’s network and causing power stations to fail.
In a notice dispatched to residents Thursday, Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube said the electricity cuts have seriously affected the pumping of water from the city’s treatment plants.
Since Monday, the Town Clerk said the city has been experiencing power cuts.
“The Ncema and Fernhill Pump Stations last night lost three hours of pumping and the Criterion Water Treatment Works still do not have power since Monday, June 28,”
“Residents are advised that this has negatively affected the treatment of water as well as pumping of both raw and clear water. If the situation continues, high lying areas may start experiencing low water pressure and intermittent water supply problems,” said Dube.
The Town Clerk also warned that the entire city risk facing lengthy water shortages if the power outages continue. Bulawayo spent the past two years under severe water shortages due to decommissioned supply dams due to low water levels. #Byo Citizen