The Bulawayo City Council is to introduce water rationing from tomorrow.
Individually metered houses in the high density suburbs as well as individually metered flats will be entitled to 450 litres a day, while those in the low density suburbs will be allowed 150 litres more.
Flats and multi-purpose buildings with bulk metres, commercial consumers, schools, churches, sports clubs, colleges, police stations, army barracks and prisons will be entitled to 60 percent of their average usage over the six months to the end of April.
Industrial consumers and restaurants will be entitled to 75 percent of the average consumption for the six months to April while hotels, hospitals and clinics will be allowed 80 percent.
Building operations on new vacant stands will be entitled to 450 litres per day but there must be evidence of development taking place.
Council says there will be no allowance for swimming pools, weddings and other gatherings though rebates may be considered in the case of funerals.
It says surcharges will be imposed for all those who exceed their allocations.
According to the council’s engineering department, the city’s supply dams were only 40.55 percent full in April. This meant that the council had 18 months’ supply at most.