Harare City Council’s major supplier of water treatment chemicals, Zimphos, has reduced its deliveries to the local authority due to a ballooning debt resulting in the current water shortages in the capital city.
This was revealed by Harare Council’s Engineer Mabhena Moyo who said residents need to pay off their own debt to Council so that they could offset the legacy of debts at Zimphos.
ZimPhos, which is the manufacturing division of Chemplex Corporation, is one of HCC’s major suppliers of aluminium sulphate, one of the seven water treatment chemicals used by council.
“We have been experiencing problems with our supply of chemicals. Our major supplier Zimphos has cut down on the number of deliveries they are giving us so our production has come down from an average of 320 mega litres per day to about 170 mega litres.
“(The shortage of water) is thus mainly attributed to the lack of chemicals, the erratic supply of chemicals that we are getting.
Engineer Moyo said Zimphos was itself facing operational challenges due to lack of finances and called upon residents to pay their dues.
“The operational problems (at Zimphos) might also be related to a growing debt from City and other customers.
“We had some meeting with Zimphos last week pending finalization of certain issues among which is if we can see how to deal with the financial situation they are facing.They promised to raise their deliveries from an average of 2 to about 4 loads.
“We owe some money and part of the solution requires that we concentrate on current supplies and see how we can settle the legacy debts.
Currently the City Council is owed over ZWL800 million dollars by residents.