Bulawayo City Council Requires $150 Million for Glass Block Dam and Water Pump Rehabilitation

Written by on March 22, 2024

Chenai Museta


Bulawayo Mayor David Coltart has emphasized that the city council must secure a total of US$150 million to resolve the ongoing water crisis.

The proposed solution involves the construction of the Glass Block Dam in Filabusi, along with the rehabilitation of water pumps. This undertaking is expected to address 70 percent of the city’s water requirements.

According to Mayor Coltart, both the central government and the city council are in agreement regarding the construction of the Glass Block Dam. This project has been identified as a key step toward alleviating the water crisis in Bulawayo.

Furthermore, Mayor Coltart revealed that an additional US$14 million is needed to address immediate water-related challenges.

He expressed concern over the state of the city’s sewerage systems, revealing that only 20 percent of them are functioning properly. Citing that this has led to raw sewage issues, with sewage flowing in the streets, near houses, schools, and clinics.

Mayor Coltart assured the public that the council is actively working with private companies and other stakeholders to invest in rehabilitating the city’s sewerage works. He emphasized the importance of finding opportunities and resources to repair these facilities and prevent potential health crises.

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