Bulawayo Orders a City-Wide Synchronized Lavatory Flush

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Residents of Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Bulawayo, have been told to synchronize their lavatory flushing following periods of water rationing, the city council has said.

The city of about 1 million people, in south western Zimbabwe, is rationing water after the region was affected by drought.

“We’re asking residents to flush their lavatories at precisely 7.30 p.m. on the day that water is re-introduced to their homes,” city spokeswoman Nesisa Mpofu said in a telephone interview from Bulawayo today.

City-wide synchronized flushing will reduce blockages and burst pipes, Mpofu said. Bulawayo suburbs are being deprived of water for periods of about 72-hours because there isn’t enough to meet the city’s needs, she said.

Two of the city’s five water storage dams have been “de-commissioned” due to the drought, while a further two may dry up before the rainy season begins in November, Mpofu said.

“Water rationing may be extended to 92-hour periods. The situation is very serious,” she said.

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