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BCC reviews water rationing limits

The City of Bulawayo Councillors at its Council meeting of Wednesday, 4th April 2017 has approved the upward review of the water rationing limits following the heavy rains which have been received in the 2016- 2017 rainy season.

While the rationing limits will be loosened, the restrictions will remain in force as the current water supply system cannot manage to meet the unrestricted demand.

The proposed water rationing scheme for all water consumers will be as follows:-

Reporting to Council, the Director of Engineering Services, Simela Dube said that while the water rationing allocation has been increased for all areas by 15%, the 5kilolitres free water allocation per month remains in place for all residential properties.

He added that water rationing in Bulawayo has been in place since 1984 due to recurrent droughts which started since the 1980s.

"This led to the introduction of water rationing in 1984 whereby water use allocations were implemented for a particular use category," he said.

Since the introduction of water rationing, the limits have been in force since then, with interim revision made depending on the surplus or deficit of water supply.

"The latest revision was in April 2014, in which significant inflows were received and water rationing was relaxed, following two consecutive years of drought," said Engineer Dube.

he current water supply is expected to last the City a theoretical average of 49.3 months taking into consideration the current consumption patterns, minimal growth population and new connections from future housing projections.

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