Bulawayo residents have called for a national attention to the water crisis bedeviling the second largest city in the country.
With no tangible solution in sight for the water crisis in Bulawayo, stakeholders have raised a red flag calling for external intervention to save desperate residents, industry and other water users.
Dam levels in the city also continue to dwindle and recently the water crisis committee said it cannot meet the high 157 mega liters demand.
Only 27 out of 77 boreholes at the Nyamandlovu Aquifer are operational while 43 percent of pumped water is lost due to leakages and old infrastructure.
The alarmed stakeholders were also told that the local authority remains hamstrung by inadequate budget that has hindered Bulawayo City Council from undertaking important water projects.
Stakeholders, however, said the city council needs to open up and ask for pledges from those who can assist.
“It is clear that the council has no capacity to effectively deal with this, have they approached the business community, NGOs and central government for assistance?” a resident asked.
The residents have since called on all relevant authorities to pay attention to Bulawayo water problems. The city is located in a very dry area hence a long-term solution is needed.
“If you go to the western suburbs, the surrounding bushes are now a mess, people are using the bush as toilets, we therefore call on everyone, it could be NGOs or even embassies to come to Bulawayo and give an eye so that they save the people of Bulawayo,” added another resident.
Six dams that supply Bulawayo with water are at 46.1 percent capacity.
The council has already decommissioned Upper Ncema Dam and also likely to decommission Umzingwane within the next three months.