Beitbridge revives plan for prepaid water metres

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE Municipality of Beitbridge has revived plans to introduce household prepaid water metres to improve its capacity to provide adequate water to residents of the border town.

Having been caught unprepared by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA)’s bulk prepaid water metre system, the Beitbridge Town Council has revisited the issue.

Beitbridge Acting Town Clerk, Mr Sathulani Moyo, told ZBC News that the local authority has already identified households for the pilot project.

“We have been working on a prepaid water system since 2012. After doing an unsuccessful pilot project in 2012 we sent our personnel on a look and learn visit to Mussina and other local authorities. We have budgeted for an STS prepaid water system to ensure we retain our capacity to provide water to our residents,” said Mr Moyo.

The Beitbridge Residents Association Chairperson, Lawrence Tshili said as residents they are ready to play their part by creating a special fund to procure necessary accessories for the prepaid water regime.

“This is a welcome development and it is fair as you consume what you have paid for. As residents we have proposed to contribute to the initial procurement of what is needed to roll out the first phase of household prepaid water meters,” he said.

The move comes at a time when Beitbridge Town Council is struggling to pay its dues to ZINWA with most residents’ not paying their water bills.