Zinwa re­moves faulty bulk water me­ters in Gwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Water Author­ity (Zinwa) has re­moved faulty bulk water me­ters it had in­stalled for the Gwanda mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The de­vel­op­ment tem­po­rar­ily ends an im­passe over water sup­ply em­a­nat­ing from the in­stal­la­tion of the me­ters two months ago.

Last month the water author­ity in­stalled pre­paid bulk water me­ters for the town to force Gwanda coun­cil to set­tle over $9,5 mil­lion owed to the water author­ity.

It had given the mu­nic­i­pal­ity up to 21 Oc­to­ber to pay up or start pay­ing cash up front for the sup­ply of water.

How­ever, the two par­ties later reached a com­pro­mise in a meet­ing early this month and Zinwa sus­pended the use of the me­ters un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Coun­cil and Zinwa have been in­volved in a tus­sle over the con­trol of water in the min­ing town.

The water author­ity has dug out the bulk water me­ters and re­placed them with the old ones which used to op­er­ate at the water plant.

The me­ters were said to be faulty and were re­spon­si­ble for the water short­ages which had dogged the town in re­cent weeks. Gwanda Mayor Coun­cil­lor Knowl­edge Ndlovu yes­ter­day said the re­moval of the bulk water me­ters will im­prove water sup­ply to the town.

“It is true they re­moved the bulk pre­paid water me­ters on Satur­day. How­ever, the re­moval hasn’t solved the im­passe be­cause they were not re­moved per­ma­nently. They were re­spon­si­ble for the water cri­sis last week and their re­moval will im­prove water flow to the sub­urbs,” said Clr Ndlovu. He said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would play its part to pay what the town owes Zinwa to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted flow of water. “As we agreed with them, we have to first put pre­paid me­ters at house­hold level. We want to have a con­stant sup­ply of water as ne­go­ti­a­tions progress. As coun­cil we are say­ing Zinwa should hand over the water treat­ment plant with or with­out pre­paid water me­ters,” he said.

Zinwa is in charge of raw water bod­ies in the coun­try, while lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble for pu­ri­fy­ing and dis­tribut­ing the com­mod­ity to con­sumers.— @ richardmuponde.

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