Bulawayo Runs Out Of Water Purification Chemicals

The Bulawayo City Council may soon be forced to stop purifying water at the city is dangerously low on the water purification chemicals. Bulawayo is left with only a month’s supply of ammonia while poly-electrolyte stocks are reported to be very low as well. Part of a council report obtained by NewsDay reads,

Discussion ensued and Alderman Norman Hlabani sought clarification in challenges which were being faced regarding the availability of water treatment chemicals? Alderman Clayton Zana was concerned about the shortage of ammonia. Was water quality not compromised as a result of this?

In response, the director of engineering services (Simela Dube) advised that there was only one month’s supply of aluminium sulphate in stock, which was a critical chemical in treating water. Aluminium sulphate was used as a stop-gap. He confirmed that foreign currency shortages were affecting the availability of chemicals.

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