‘Harare water inadequate’

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Keith T. Mambo is currently a reporter for ZiMetro News . He focuses on identity politics for The Southern Eye. He was previously a fellow at the UCT University of Cape Town for Political Science.

‘Harare water inadequate’

CITY of Harare is currently producing an average of 375 megalitres of water a day against a demand of over 1 000 megalitres per day, council Finance and Development chairperson Councillor Tichaona Mhetu has said.

He said this on Tuesday at Town House while presenting the 2022 Proposed Budget.

Cllr Mhetu said Council was only accounting for 48 percent of what it produces.

“In the area of water production, the City is currently producing an average of 375ML/Day against a demand of over 1000ML/Day,” he said.

“Unfortunately, not all the water produced is billed as a substantial percentage is lost through water bursts and metering issues thus non-revenue water is currently at 62 percent.

“This scenario means that City is only accounting for 48 percent of what it produces.”

Cllr Mhetu also indicated that the proposed budget will reduce non-revenue water through a number of interventions.

“We also intend to expedite the utilisation of alternative water treatment chemicals such as chlorine dioxide, which will assist in reducing the cost of treating water,” he said.

“The proposed budget will reduce non-revenue water through a number of interventions namely pipe replacement, water metering and accurate billing.”

“As we strive to be a Smart City we are aware of the need to manage waste water effectively and as such, part of the allocation will be channelled towards the optimisation of our sewer treatment plants.

He added: “We aim to capitalise our biological assets as we seek alternative sources of income and alleviate the burden on rate payers through cattle breeding as a low hanging fruit.”

“We have since bought 64 heifers to boost the quality of our herd and it is my sincere hope that we undertake a project that adds value not only to the wastewater treatment process and increases revenue for the City of Harare.”

Cllr Mhetu also said council had established new material recovery centres.

“We applaud the Government for availing provisional funding through devolution for capitalisation of WASH,” he said.

“This has an impact of reducing tariffs applicable to this sector as capital formation costs will be reduced substantively.

“In a bid to sustainably manage waste, we have established four material recovery centres and more are in the pipeline.”

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