Bulawayo City Council


Decommissioning of Umzingwane Dam


The City of Bulawayo would like to advise residents, stakeholders and members of the public that Umzingwane Dam (Volume - 6.67 %) will be decommissioned on Friday, 9th September 2022 due to low water levels. This will result in five out of six dams remaining operational.

The supply dams as at Thursday, 8 September 2022 were as follows;

Dam Operating Percentage % full
Insiza Mayfair Y 69.47
Inyankuni Y 44.97
Lower Ncema Y 46.83
Umzingwane N 6.60
Upper Ncema Y 7.64
Mtshabezi Y 70.71
Totals Operational Dams 50.30

Due to the low levels of uMzingwane dam, the City has been unable to meet its daily demand which averages 155 Mℓ/day. The maximum available raw water supply is currently below 120 Mℓ/day. As a result of the gap between demand and supply of 35 Mℓ/day, the City has been on a water shedding regime, which has been progressively implemented from a 48 hour to a 72 hour schedule.

The City of Bulawayo wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for the inconvenience caused.

Residents are urged to note that the City is grappling with one of the poorest rain seasons experienced as at the end of April 2022 which resulted in low global storage in 3 out of 6 Council dams.

Water is life. Save every drop.

ADVERT NO : 12017
DATE : Friday, 9 September 2022


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