THE financially-troubled Bulawayo City Council will next month hold a donors’ conference to raise funds for water sources as the current dams cannot meet demand for the growing population.
The local authority needs about $
6 trillion and US$3,4 million to carry out projects that will put an end to the perennial water problems.
Addressing a press briefing in the city on Wednesday, Bulawayo City Council public relations officer Phathisa Nyathi said the conference was part of the council’s plans to solve the water crisis.
The city council has proposed projects to augment water supplies to the city, which have been classified into short, medium and long-term.
“These proposed projects have financial implications hence the arrangement of a donors’ conference to source money to finance the projects,” Nyathi said.
Bulawayo has been receiving erratic supplies of water from its five supply dams – Insiza, Umzingwane, Inyankuni, and Lower and Upper Ncema.
In a bid to augment the water inflows, the council has resuscitated boreholes at the Nyamandlovu acquifer sunk during the 1992 drought.
According to Nyathi, the council will in the next six to 12 months drill boreholes and erect elevated tanks in western areas worst affected by the water crisis last year.
The existing high-yielding boreholes to be drilled in Cowdray Park, Mahatshula, Entumbane, Emakhandeni and Pumula South will be deepened at an estimated cost of $1,4 trillion.
In the same period, the council will also construct a pump station at Insiza Dam, — Staff Writer.