Zimbabwe Water Authority Makes U turn on Tariffs Hike

Leslie Nyoni

Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has suspended its proposed plans to increase water tariffs by 25 percent after deliberations with various stakeholders .

The water authority had proposed to increase water tariffs with effect from March 1.

Speaking to Skyz Metro FM news ,ZINWA Marketing and Cooperate Communications Officer , Mrs Majorie Munyonga , said the decision to increase tariffs was suspended due to the Covid 19 induced economic impact on customers .

“We had envisaged to increase the tariffs by 1 March 2021 by 25 % and we had already communicated with our clients to this effect but however after further consultations with various stakeholders and taking into consideration that most of our clients are from rural service centres , growth points , small towns and they hail mainly from the informal sector , we said that it was prudent for us to give our clients time to recover from the lockdown that is why we came to this conclusion . For now we have set aside the tariff increase until such a time when our clients have gone back to work .”

The authority has reverted back to its ZWL $1 443 dollars for 15 cubic meters for high density suburbs charge .

Medium density areas for an average of 20 cubic meters will now pay ZWL $ 2 777 dollars and low density areas will be paying ZWL $ 5 259 for 33 cubic meters while commercial areas will be paying ZWL $19 580 for an average of 80 cubic meters .

Meanwhile as at 8 March 2021 only 4 supply dams were below 50 percent dam level capacity.

Kariba dam was at 40.6 %, UMzingwane dam was at 38.2 %, Mazowe dam was at 39.2 % and Lower Ncema was at 36 %.

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