Councillors in Bulawayo are urging council officials to increase security at Magwegwe Reservoir to prevent vandalism of infrastructure.
The city fathers say some residents are taking advantage of the security gap to illegally fetch water from the pumps at the reservoir.
Debating during a full council meeting on Thursday, Cllr Phinias Ndlovu said following council’s water shedding program, some residents are vandalising valves for water access.
“Council is losing close to 15 000 litres of water per day due to residents who are tempering with the valve outside the Magwegwe Reservoir,” said councillor Ndlovu.
Bulawayo Mayor Cllr Thaba Moyo urged his fellow councillors to monitor the situation in their respective wards and report any anomalies to the city engineering department to prevent vandalism of council infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the mayor said water consumption has reduced from 123 megalitres per day to 104 megalitres due to water shedding but it remains over the target of slightly above 90 megalitres.
Councillor Moyo said Bulawayo residents also deserve an applause for their support during the Bulawayo water crisis.
“We are grateful to the residents for having learnt how to conserve water,” said Moyo.