Byo residents to continue paying water levy

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City Council (BBC) says residents will continue paying a $1 water levy as part of the initiative to fund a council water project in a move designed to augment current supplies in the city.

The water levy was adopted in a full council meeting in 2012 as part of a fund-raising initiative to facilitate the rehabilitation of boreholes at Epping Forest in Nyamandlovu.

Responding to a question from councillor Silas Chigora during a full council meeting on the water levy, acting town clerk Sikhangele Zhou said the levy would be maintained in
respect of the 2016 budget.

The project is estimated to cost $4 million of which the local authority has so far raised $2,8 million under the $1 per household water levy.

Upon completion, Epping Forest will supply an extra 10 mega litres of water per day to the city. This will further boost the recently commissioned Mtshabezi pipeline which has already added an extra 17 000 cubic metres of water to the second capital city.

“At the current rate of revenue inflows, the

Insiza Water pipe duplication project would take long to be realised in view of the huge expense involved ($27 to $30 million). Focus has now shifted to the Epping Forest project for more immediate results as it required less funding.”

The report further indicated that the $2,8 million that had so far been raised would be utilised for the project in joint partnership with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority which is responsible for bulk water supplies.

Bulawayo receives water supply from six dams, Upper Ncema, Lower Ncema, Umzingwane, Inyankuni, Insiza Mayfair and Mtshabezi.

However, BCC Mayor Martin Moyo last week confirmed that two dams, Lower Ncema and Umzingwane are set to be decommissioned by the end of this month as water levels have gone beyond the cut off level.

The current total water storage in council dams is 210 000 197m3, expected to last the city for a period of 24 months. The city’s consumption is currently averaging 124 000 m3 per day.

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