Public can ac­cess bulk wa­ter deal­ers reg­is­ter

The dead­line for the reg­is­tra­tion of bulk wa­ter deal­ers has now passed and now the Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity has since re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions and reg­is­tered a num­ber of bulk wa­ter deal­ers.

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THIS reg­is­tra­tion is pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 90 of 2013 which com­pels all bulk wa­ter deal­ers to re­new their li­cences no later than De­cem­ber 31 of each year. It is only af­ter reg­is­tra­tion that a bulk wa­ter dealer can op­er­ate legally. Any bulk wa­ter deal­ing with­out the nec­es­sary reg­is­tra­tion is il­le­gal and at­tracts pros­e­cu­tion and some at­ten­dant penal­ties from Zinwa.

The Au­thor­ity there­fore ap­peals to all bulk wa­ter clients to en­sure that they only get wa­ter from reg­is­tered bulk wa­ter deal­ers.

It is very risky to get wa­ter from unau­tho­rised deal­ers as their wa­ter may be from sources that are un­suit­able for hu­man con­sump­tion.

Zinwa en­sures that wa­ter sup­plied by reg­is­tered bulk wa­ter deal­ers is safe for con­sump­tion by car­ry­ing out ran­dom and some­times pe­ri­odic checks of the wa­ter sources as well as the ve­hi­cles that are used to trans­port the wa­ter.

The au­thor­ity also car­ries out reg­u­lar qual­ity checks of the wa­ter at source as well as in tran­sit and these un­so­licited checks are pro­vided for in terms of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 90 of 2013, hence deal­ing with reg­is­tered bulk wa­ter deal­ers may in­su­late con­sumers from the risks that may arise from deal­ing with an unau­tho­rised deal­ers.

While Zinwa, which is em­pow­ered by law to keep and main­tain a reg­is­ter of bulk wa­ter deal­ers, will make ev­ery ef­fort to make public the names of bulk wa­ter deal­ers who have suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered to op­er­ate in 2017, the Au­thor­ity also en­cour­ages in­ter­ested mem­bers of the public to also visit Zinwa Ground­wa­ter of­fices where they can also ac­cess the reg­is­ter free of charge.

This is a right ac­corded to the public in terms of Sec­tion 21 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 90 of 2013 which states that “any per­son may in­spect the reg­is­ter re­ferred to in sub­sec­tion (1) free of charge at all rea­son­able times at the premises of the au­thor­ity or at such other place as the au­thor­ity may di­rect.”

In this case, those in­ter­ested are free to visit the Zinwa Ground­wa­ter Depart­ment at Num­ber 9 Kent Road in Chisip­ite.

The au­thor­ity will also soon up­load an up­dated list of bulk wa­ter deal­ers on its web­site while other com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms such as so­cial me­dia shall also be used to make public the list of ap­proved deal­ers.

Mem­bers of the public should there­fore make use of this right ac­corded to them in terms of the law to know the reg­is­tered bulk wa­ter deal­ers and rid them­selves of the risks as­so­ci­ated with deal­ing with il­le­gal sup­pli­ers.

This will al­low the public to also play its part in help­ing flush out il­le­gal deal­ers who, apart from en­dan­ger­ing lives, are also dis­tort­ing the bulk wa­ter de­mand, mak­ing ground­wa­ter re­sources plan­ning very dif­fi­cult.

When in ques­tion, mem­bers of the public can also con­tact Zinwa and ver­ify or re­port any sus­pected il­le­gal use through the Zinwa Call Cen­tre.

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