Mutare City battles 60% non-revenue water
CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER
MUTARE- Mutare City is losing close to 60% of its purified water through pipe bursts, leakages and abuse by urban and peri-urban growers of sugarcane and yams.
Addressing Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) gathered at Townhouse for a budget consultative meeting, Senior Planning Officer, Engineer Brian Sango said the leakages of value added water is too high and there is urgent need to address the matter in the 2024 annual budget.
“We are losing about 60 percent of our treated water and Council has no clue where some of these leakages are coming from. This water is not being paid for, and if you get into Sakubva particularly Chisamba area we have people making brisk business growing sugar cane and yams using this non-revenue water.
“Our budget proposal therefore has serious focus on addressing the problem of non-revenue water,” said Sango.
He said the authority will purchase air-reducing valves and pressure-reducing valves as a way of dealing with rampant pipe bursts.