KWEKWE – Redcliff which gets its water supplies from Kwekwe Municipality now owes the latter $72,7 million and the debt is growing daily, Redcliff Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva has said.
He also confirmed to The Mirror that Kwekwe is now disconnecting water to force Redcliff to clear its debts.
Redcliff used to get its water supplies from the giant iron ore mining and smelting company Zisco but Zisco has for many years now been closed.
Redcliff then turned to Kwekwe for a rescue package three years ago.
Kwekwe has since ordered Redcliff to pay $500 000 per week towards the bill payment but Redcliff is still failing to raise such kind of money from residents who have virtually no source of income.
“We are making payments to Kwekwe council but the debt keeps ballooning and is now more than $70 million. We are therefore disconnecting water to defaulters to force them to clear their arrears so that we boost revenue collection.
“We called for an emergency meeting as Redcliff last week where we discussed strategies to raise the $500 000 because the figure is beyond our weekly collections,” he said.
He said the local authority was planning to introduce the prepaid water meter system which will be managed by the Kwekwe City Council.
“The introduction of these prepaid water meter system however requires us to consult with residents and reach an agreement,” he said. https://masvingomirror.com/