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Erratic Rains Bring no Respite to Thirsty Bulawayo Residents

Erratic Rains Bring no Respite to Thirsty Bulawayo Residents

http://www.voazimbabwe.com.

Ntungamili Nkomo
07.01.2013

WASHINGTON DC — The Bulawayo City Council says its tight water rationing 
regime will continue, citing poor rains that have failed to boost the city’s 
supply dams.

The local authority shuts down water four days per week, a situation that 
has left residents in dire straits and even caused a lot of company 
closures.

City authorities say their supply dams have only received 0,35 percent of 
water from erratic rains that have fallen since November. But residents are 
not convinced.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association water affairs secretary 
Anglistone Sibanda told VOA the city council doesn’t appear entirely 
committed to addressing the water issue.

The water crisis in Zimbabwe's second largest city of Bulawayo has reached 
precarious levels with the local council tightening its rationing measures 
and depriving residents of the precious liquid at least three days a week.

The city lies in the heart of the semi-arid Matabeleland region. A 
century-old ambitious plan to draw water from the Zambezi River to the city 
has remained a pipe-dream, though officials say the project is now underway. 

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