Harare City Council reveals failed attempts to raise enough money to procure chemicals for water treatment to supply water residents.
The city said $35 million is required for chemicals per month but is only able to raise $15 million.
Environment Management committee chairperson councillor Kudzai Kadzombe on Wednesday said the council is only able to provide on average 300 megalitres against the demand of 1 200 megalitres.
“Our water is heavily polluted hence very costly to treat. We now require in excess of $35 million every month to treat water against a global revenue collection averaging $15 million,” Kadzombe said.
“In short, our collections are not anywhere near levels to satisfy our water treatment bill. Our various customers owe the city nearly $1 billion.”
The councillor also said the city is working with DDF to drill boreholes in Glen View.
“We are aware that because we are in a drought season even the boreholes that we are drilling may soon dry up as well because the water table is now stressed,” he said.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.