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Rehabilitation At Criterion

MAJOR REHABILITATION WORKS AT CRITERION WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND AT BULK WATER METER CHAMBERS IN THE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

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.


The Criterion Water Treatment Plant is currently undergoing MAJOR rehabilitation works under the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) project which involve Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Raw Water Reservoir Outlet gate valve (DN1000) and related electrical works; Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Plant 1 Inlet gate valve ; Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of (24 No.) Actuators for the Plant 1 Filtration system ; Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Air Dryer for the Backwash Air system (1 No.) and Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Plant 2 Pulsating Air release Valves DN250 (2 No.).


During this period, the Criterion Water Treatment Works will be taken out of service to facilitate the installation works. The planned interruptions to the Plant are as follows:

  • The First Interruption will be on Saturday, 21st March 2020 at 08:00 hours to mid-night of Monday, 23rd March 2020. The second Interruption will be on Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 08:00 hours until mid-night of Monday, 30th March 2020.

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


During the scheduled works, the City of Bulawayo will not be carrying out any water treatment at the Criterion Water Treatment Works thereby impacting on the levels at both the Criterion Clear and Magwegwe Reservoirs and the targeted areas will not be supplied with water. The City of Bulawayo has however, put in mitigation measures to minimise the impact of the interruptions to the residents and this will be through ensuring that the water reservoirs are at maximum level before the shutdown, and by synchronising the works to the water shedding programme.


Simultaneously with the above works, new water supply bulk meters will be installed within the City’s distribution network at the following locations:

  • Bulk Meter Chamber supplying Pelandaba/ Iminyela Bulk Meter Chamber supplying Kelvin North Bulk Meter Chamber supplying Magwegwe Booster Station

These works include the replacement of the non-functional isolation valves, new strainers and new bulk flow meters. These works aim to improve the operation of system and fair distribution of water by replacing the non-functional fittings. Moreover, these interventions aim to reduce non-revenue water (water losses) within the targeted areas by replacing the non-functional bulk meters that will enable accurate monitoring of supplied water into each area.


Residents are advised that during the shutdown periods, Council will suspend the current water shedding programme and adhere to the following schedule for the period;


AREA DATE SHEDDNG PROGRAMME
ALL SUBURBAN AREAS Friday, 20 March 2020 / Friday, 27 March 2020 WATER SUPPLIES AVAILABLE
ALL SUBURBAN AREAS DAY 1 (Saturday) WATER SUPPLIES CLOSED
ALL SUBURBAN AREAS DAY 2 (Sunday) WATER SUPPLIES CLOSED
ALL SUBURBAN AREAS DAY 3 (Monday) WATER SUPPLIES CLOSED
DAY 4 Slow reinstatement of the 96 hour water shedding programme to allow for the balancing of the System.
Mbalabala Barracks, Mzinyathini Irrigation Scheme RAW WATER
Industry, Mines & CBD EXEMPTED ALL DAYS

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

Residents are encouraged to conserve water and use water sparingly to minimise the impact.


“If we do not learn to conserve, we will all be fish out of water, Save Water”


Advert Number: 8659

C DUBE

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

TOWN CLERK

Sunday, 22 March 2020

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