HARARE, Zimbabwe (September 24, 2012)--Officials in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, are urging all residents to join the "big flush" to help clear toilet waste that accumulated in sewers during days of water outages.
Bulawayo city spokesperson Nesisa Mpofu said all residents are being asked to flush their toilets simultaneously at 7:30 p.m. twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
She said residents can flush at other times, too.
Many householders mistakenly thought they could only flush on Mondays and Thursdays, but Mpofu said the city does not want toilets to be stagnant for days.
Zibusiso Dube, spokesman for Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association, said his group welcomed any plan to reduce the number of sewer bursts in the city of more than 1 million people, which is the capital of Matabeleland North and South provinces.