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Harare installs water meters

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 20:26 PM / No Comments / 1018 views

11 October 2016

COUNCIL-Harare on illegal water -City spokesperson Michael Chideme

HARARE City Council’s Water Department has embarked on a programme to install 13 400 tamper-proof conventional water meters in the Central Business Districts and some suburbs.

All obsolete meters will be replaced.

The Harare City Council through its acting Corporate Communications Manager Michael Chideme said the move is meant to ensure users are “billed for actual consumption.”

The water meters will be installed in Belvedere, Kuwadzana and business premises in the Central Business District.

“The new meters are also a measure to curb non revenue water.

“We are installing 7 500 conventional water meters in Kuwadzana, 4 500 in Belvedere and 400 conventional bulk water meters in CBD.

“The replacement programme is expected to last until December.

“The meters have a lifespan of up to five years. Each meter costs an average US$60.

“The meters being replaced are either stuck, non functional or have outlived their lifespan.

“Council is owed over US$530 million in unpaid municipal bills.

“In the absence of working meters the city estimates water consumption. In the majority of the cases the estimates have well been below actual usage prejudicing the council of revenue,” said Chideme in the statement.

Making his 2017 city budget, acting chairperson of the finance and development committee Luckson Mukunguma said in the US$103 capital budget, water and sanitation was allocated US$50, 9 million.

And the money that has been budgeted for will go towards Morton Jaffray Water Works refurbishments as there are current funding delays from the Chinese partner.

“As said earlier, water works are lagging behind schedule. In order to make traction and gain lost time, an allocation of US$50, 9 million proposed in 2017 for the completion of the refurbishment of Morton Jaffray Treatment, Firle, Crowborough Wastewater Treatment Plant and pump-stations among other water projects,” said Cllr Mukunguma.

And the Harare Water department is also expected to raise US$133, 7 million but the charges will remain the same.

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