Address Beitbridge water supply challenges

EDITOR — It sounds quite strange to hear that water charges in Beitbridge are so high compared with other towns in Zimbabwe.

One would expect Beitbridge to have the cheapest water because the distance from the water source to the point of consumption is just too short.

Being the busiest border town does not mean that people in Beitbridge are filthy rich.

Are we not denying residents the right to life with dignity when water supply is affected by overpricing?

What is the point of using commercial rates for high  density residents in a country where unemployment is hovering above 70 percent, and those who are gainfully employed earn poor salaries?

Water is essential for life, health and human dignity.

Is it not time for relevant authorities to seriously look at the water pricing regime so that water becomes affordable even to the poorest in our towns and cities?

Most residents are failing to settle their water bills every month because water is just too expensive.

As a result, Beitbridge Town Council is struggling to adequately supply water to all residents because it is failing to raise enough to pay the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa).

Disconnecting as many residents as possible is not a solution because this directly affects council and Zinwa operations.

They are forced to operate on shoestring budgets to supply water.

On the other hand, instead of raising the required minimum amount of cash to be reconnected, residents are now looking for alternative sources of water.

Remember, desperate situations need desperate remedies.

Enock Kwinika

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