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Bulawayo council faces water infrastructure vandalism due to shortages

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.

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  1. Residents are vandalising this facility because they have nowhere else to get water.The council promised to avail bowsers to every township but you find that some places go for up to a week without any water.Council should make sure it provides these water bowsers as per agreement.

  2. Tobias Vodloza Sibanda

    This is a vivid manifestation of how thirsty the people of Bulawayo are, a ramification of the poorly planned 96 hr weekly water shedding introduced by BCC. Water savings can seldom be achieved with water shedding only, and shedding should have been be implemented conjuctively with other conservation measures eg refurbishing reticulation infrastructure, but alas, the infrastructure is beng vandalised. Ma ekheka kuma valves khanini zakhamizi, liphutha likamasipala lelo, Thaba Moyo and company kade belele khahla all along bephupha i-96hrs water shedding, they must wake up!

  3. The council/city fathers should stop laying blame on the residents.. and deal with the Minister of Water to ensure that more resources are directed to addressing the adverse effects of the continued shortage of water.

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