Businesspeople in Bulawayo’s western suburbs say they are now trading under unhealthy conditions as the water crisis deepens in the city.
Richard Ncube who runs a butchery at Emganwini told Radio Dialogue that water shortages in the city have since compromised cleanliness standards in most shops as they go for over a week without water supply.
He said they run out of water to clean toilets, shelves and other shop facilities. Ncube castigated the local authority for failing to communicate with residents on the water situation.
“We are appealing to the council to stick to its promises for instance if the council restores water at a specific time let it be so that we get enough water for cleaning. As I am talking now its a week since I have had water supply in my shop,” said Ncube.
Meanwhile, residents are also facing the situation as they get water at night only. Memory Makhura a resident of Emganwini told Radio Dialogue that they now do their washing at night as they know that by morning water will no longer be there.
“For instance if you want to do your washing there is no option other than to wake up at night. In cases of huge families its not workable because everyone wants to wash at that at the same time,” said Makhura.