By Ruth Ngwenya, VICTORIA FALLS, July 20 (The Source) – Victoria Falls Municipality has applied to take over management of raw water from Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa), a development it says will lower water charges in the resort town.
“What is happening now is that we are buying raw water from Zinwa at 12 cents per cubic metre, in that 12 cents Zinwa is making a profit and we believe the profit will be distributed equally among consumers,” Town Clerk Ronnie Dube told The Source.
“Currently we sell water at 53 cents per cubic metre and we believe that cost can be lower if we manage raw water ourselves.”
Dube said the resort town has been facing operational challenges as Zinwa does not have adequate manpower to service its requirements, resulting in delays in handling breakdowns.
A commission of inquiry from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate is currently holding meetings with the municipality, Zinwa and stakeholders to assess the town’s technical and financial capacity to manage raw water.
Dube said the municipality has a $13 million WASHEN (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Energy) plan which incorporates rehabilitation of water system, setting up a new water reservoir and installing prepaid water metres.
A feasibility study for the plan has been completed.
The municipality is owed about $8 million in unpaid water bills.