The City of Bulawayo Dam capacity as at Wednesday, 30 January 2019 is at 60.53% and the reservoir levels are attached.
The distribution water reservoir levels in the city have been critical for the past three weeks, owing to erratic pumping from Nyamandlovu Aquifer, Inyankuni and uMzingwane Booster stations. This has been mainly due to pump system failures such as Electric Motors among other issues. Power surges resulting from intermittent power supply have worsened the problem in all these stations. Efforts to attend to the faults by our teams were stalled by the massive workers stay away which lasted for a week and this was also worsened by the serious shortage of fuel supplies which almost dried up during the same period.
Fuel supplies have only started normalizing this week (28 January 2019).
Council has been engaging with both ZINWA and ZETDC who are working to restore the power supply at Nyamandlovu Aquifer. We anticipate that once this is finalised it will hopefully increase the boreholes pumping output to the City. Currently all the twenty-four upgraded boreholes are down due to power supply disruptions.
Power has been restored at the uMzingwane and Inyankuni booster stations, but they are operating with only one booster pump in each station making it very difficult to supply adequate raw water to the city (two duty booster pumps is the normal standard). The equipment and accessories ( which were burnt-out by power surges) needed to restore the pumping systems to normalcy are taking longer than expected to buy as most spare parts are out of stock and available outside the Country, in South Africa.
Our Procurement section has engaged the suppliers to speed the securing of needed spares, treating the matter with the urgency it deserves.
Last week, the clear water 30 inch Sulzer pipeline from Ncema developed a leak which was repaired. A few days later, there was another leak on the same line, Council repair teams are on ground attending to the leak. Stop-gap measures put in place have enabled pumping on the 30 inch, but not at maximum capacity.
This is causing clear water supply shortfalls to both Tuli as well as Criterion raw water reservoir, which is now at a very critical level.
It is this short fall in water supply that has prompted a shedding programme, to try and normalize the system, until all repair works are done.
Water Bowsers will be available at strategic points where water supply cannot reach for any reason within the schedule times. The bowser points in critical areas are shown in Annexure A.
All institutions with storage water tanks should ensure that they fill in as a contingency measure all the time to cater for themselves during water shedding times. When the shedding prolongs resulting in emptying the tanks, BCC will ensure filling in with water bowsers as per request.
Institutions are charged for bowsed water at $41.00 per 5 m³ in terms of council policy and residential consumers be allowed to collect water free of charge using containers
NESISA MPOFU SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER