Harare invites public input on water meters

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has started a public consultation on the draft smart water meter by-laws and invited the public to give feedback on the draft law.

In a notice by the acting town clerk Hosea Chisango, the by-laws can be viewed at Rowan Martin building and all other HCC offices.

The new smart meters by-laws come as residents’ pressure groups have been opposing the introduction of the digital water supply system arguing that they are elitist.

“Copies of the proposed by-laws will be open for inspection at council offices and at all district offices during office hours. The proposed by-laws may also be viewed on the council website,” read the notice.

According to the new by-law, Section 7 of the proposed laws provides that the smart water meters shall remain the property of council and the installation, repair and maintenance shall be done by council or its authorised agents only.

Consumers or ratepayers who have outstanding rates, water, and sewer and refuse collection bills at the time of installation of the water meters would have their debts reflected as a debit on the installed water meter.

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