Harare City Council is going ahead with plans to install prepaid water meters despite previous contestations from some quarters against the move.
Just like the ZESA facility, the prepaid water meters will compel ratepayers to pay for water before consumption.
A statement by the Combined Harare Residents Associations (CHRA) says the authority is seeking to partner with ZB Bank Capital.
The initial plan is to conduct a pilot and then roll the project to other areas of Harare.
“The project would be broken into small components starting with a particular area and then rolling it out to other areas. The focus was to ensure that residents got and paid for water.”
ZB Bank Capital will be the supplier of the pre-paid water meters.
The bank claims that it has implemented successful pre-paid water meter projects in Plumtree and Gwanda.
CHRA however contends that according to the Chairperson of Gwanda Residents Association, Mr Fuzwayo only 40 prepaid water meters were installed in Gwanda and they have not been functioning well with some residents going without water for days.
“It’s a failed project only 40 prepaid water meters were installed and some were removed due to faults and not replaced”, said Mr Bekhezela Fuzwayo.
“The development comes at a time when the Harare City Council has failed to produce reports of the Prepaid Water Meter pilot projects for Sunningdale and Kambuzuma”, says the organisation.
CHRA in partnership with other CSOs have previously rejected the Prepaid Water Meter Policy in Harare as they felt it was a threat to public health, expensive to maintain and a launch pad for water privatisation.