|City to roll out pre-paid water metering system|
|Sunday, 03 April 2011 22:15|
CITY of Harare will in June roll out a pre-paid water mete-ring system on a pilot basis as part of a US$144 million fa-cility extended by the China Export and Import Bank.
The system would allow residents to pay for water in ad-vance and determine how much they spend on water every month.
The initial phase would cater for 1 000 consumers, mostly apartments in the Avenues.
Every household will eventually be fitted with new me-ters to replace the old ones, most of which are 20-years-old.
This is against a lifespan of five years.
Should the pilot scheme be successful, all residents would then have the option of getting onto this model or being fitted with new post-paid meters.
Harare town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi last week said part of the US$144 million would be used to boost production at Morton Jaffray and Prince Edward water treatment and Firle and Crowborough sewage plants.
At present, Morton Jaffray averages 500 megalitres a day.
Dr Mahachi said with the installation of new pumps, an additional 114 megalitres would be produced, allowing the plant to work at full capacity.
The Oddis Plant adjacent to the waterworks would be commissioned and provide an additional 40 megalitres of water. This is enough to feed all of Harare's southern suburbs daily.
"All suburbs will be able to get water at the same time," he said.
Harare currently produces an average of 600 megalitres a day against demand of 1 200 megalitres.
A number of suburbs suffer as a result and can go for up to a month without water.
Neighbouring towns are affected as well, raising fears of disease outbreaks.
There will also be plugging of leaks on pipes connected to Morton and installation of water meters.
The city is failing to account for 200 megalitres of water daily, which is probably being used by residents not connected or registered with the council.
Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton, Ruwa and Epworth would all benefit from the US$144 million loan from the China Eximbank.