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Water Supplies Interruption 96 Hours

The City of Bulawayo is currently implementing the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) being supported by the African Development Bank whose objective is to improve municipal water supply and sanitation services contributing to the improvement of the health and social wellbeing of the population of Bulawayo.

One of the key components of the project is the rehabilitation of the Criterion water treatment plant. The main objective of the water supply component is to ensure improved access to Municipal water supply in the identified project areas by improving the efficiency of raw water pumping, treatment and distribution networks in areas supplied by the Magwegwe and Criterion Reservoirs.

The Criterion Water Treatment plant is currently undergoing MAJOR rehabilitation works under the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) project.

The works involve replacement of valves, pumps and all associated civil works.

The diameters of these valves are ranging from DN600, DN900 and DN1000 and because of the size, design of the plant and location of these valve the plant has to be shutdown to allow for installation and the rehabilitation works.

These works will result in water supplies interruption outside the 48 hour water shedding schedule to 96 hours citywide. This is to allow for the installation of inlet gate valves, main distribution board, backwash pump and fittings among other major works.

This will commence on Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 to Saturday, 6th July 2019.

Efforts will be made to have these works done within the scheduled period.

As the rehabilitation works are ongoing at the Treatment works for the next 5 months, members of the public are advised that there may be need for similar shutdowns at various intervals.

The public will be advised as and when these are scheduled.

The City of Bulawayo advises residents that the water shedding programme is subject to change if the Reservoir situation on the ground improves or deteriorates beyond the stipulated period.

Residents are urged to conserve water and use alternative safe sources for non-potable uses especially boreholes. Central Business District, Mines and Industry are exempted.

Bulawayo City Council wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for the inconvenience likely to be caused.

Water is life.

Save every drop

ADVERT NO : 7048
Date: Monday, 1 July 2019


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