Harare dry as treated water goes to waste

HARARE - As most Harare suburbs go dry, 60 percent of water pumped by council is going to waste, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said residents are consuming only 40 percent of water from Harare’s treatment plants while the rest is lost through leakages and theft.

“The high level of non-revenue water (the difference between produced and sold water) is due to physical water losses in the network, non-functional meters and illegal connections,” said Chombo in a memorandum.

The cash strapped Harare City is constantly attacked by pressure groups for using the bulk of revenue on salaries and luxuries at the expense of service delivery.

In protest most residents are defaulting on their bills, a situation that has further affected the local authority’s monthly revenue inflows.

Water production levels have since dropped from at least 600 mega-litres a day to 500 mega-litres.

Harare City Council spends $3 million on water treatment chemicals plus $1 million on power and pumping processes. - Wendy Muperi

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