By Takunda Mandura
The City of Harare is owed over $200 million by dormitory towns for water supplied and is now proposing the installation of bulk prepaid meters for them so as to reduce the problem.
The town’s Finance Director Stanley Ndemera revealed this problem for the city saying the towns had been supplied purified water which was yet to be paid for.
‘When you talk of other local authorities, I think you are talking of Ruwa, Norton and the like. I think it is around the region of around $200 million,’ he said.
The debts go as far back as during the era of the solitary use of the United States dollars and following the currency changes inflationary pressure has eroded it of any value leaving the Council in the red.
Engineer Hosiah Chisango added that council has deeds of debt settlements with Chitungwiza and Norton over portable water money.
The two local authorities owe the city in unpaid water charges.
Engineer Chisango said the introduction of prepaid bulk meters for the towns would be progressive citing the case of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) which employed the same solution on Gwanda in a bid to avert such situations of piling debts.
Meanwhile, Harare has approved US$ $868 million water deals to address the current challenges of raw and wastewater purification which it is facing.