Byo water worries

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo water has been labelled unfit for human consumption following revelations that the city's water reservoirs contain harmful bacteria.

In a report from the city council’s health department, Director of Health, Zanele Hwalima, said that bacteriological analysis at the reservoirs was not satisfactory.

“During the month of May the department received results for bacteriological analysis of reservoirs and the results were highly unsatisfactory and the sister department engineering services had been advised, reads the report.

Bulawayo has six water reservoirs, namely Tuli Hill, Magwegwe, 6J, Rifle Range, Hillside and Criterion.

In the report the department said the Ncema and Criterion Water Works needed urgent refurbishment to boost water provision and also to improve the quality of water.

“The capacity of both Ncema and Criterion Water Works has reduced over the years while repairs being carried out have resulted in the quality of water being compromised.”

The report went on to say that the refurbishment work on the filter beds remained outstanding at both Criterion and Ncema Water Works and immediate attention to these would also aid in the achievement of maximum production at both waterworks.

It said that currently at Ncema Water Works minor repairs on the filters had commenced, but at a slow pace due to lack of funds and “this was also compromising the quality of the water.

When contacted for comment Bulawayo City Council spokesperson, Nesisa Mpofu, said the Bulawayo Water Emergency Response Project would address the problems at the waterworks while a government loan of US$6,7 million would also be used in upgrading the water and sewer reticulation system.

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