MASVINGO – Some 2 805 residents of Masvingo City whose water metre readings are based on estimates will with immediate effect see their water tariffs reduced by 50%, Acting City town clerk, engineer Edward Mukaratirwa has said.
Mukaratirwa said this during a stakeholders meeting held at the council hall this afternoon. He told residents during the meeting which was also attended by The Mirror that the cut only applied to ratepayers who have dysfunctional water metres.
The rationale of the cuts is that council is currently pumping water at 50% and therefore the estimates which were based on full pumping capacity of 100% would be reduced accordingly.
The affected residents are 2 805 in total and these are 1 354 in Chesvingo, 782 in Rhodhene, Eastville, the CBD and Zimre Park, 314 in Mucheke 314 and 414 in Rujeko.
. The reduced water supplies are a result of a fault at Bushmead Water works.
Mukaratirwa said that the tariffs will be restored to 100% when operations return to normal.
The meeting was attended by the business community, residents’ associations, councillors, council employees and stakeholders from Government.
“Council has seen it fit to reduce estimated water consumption volumes by 50% to consumers with stuck meters. This is in response to reduced production levels at Bushmead Water Works. Our plant has been operating at 50% capacity,” reads part of a document read during the meeting.
Masvingo City supplies 30mega litres of water daily against a growing population of over 100 000. The supply is currently at 15 mega litres per day forcing residents to queue at boreholes.