Beitbridge water taps run dry

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE Beitbridge town council has been found wanting after failing to plan ahead for the introduction of prepaid water meters which has plunged the border town into a water crisis.

The Municipality of Beitbridge is buckling under pressure after failing to prepare for the prepaid water regime introduced by ZINWA with residents going into the second month without the precious liquid.

“We pay rates but we have no water, it’s quite a delicate situation,” said a resident.

“Now we are relying on buying water from those with boreholes, and this is not sustainable,” said another resident.

With water supply capacity has dropped by over 600 percent after the introduction of the pre-paid water system, Beitbridge Acting Town Clerk, Mr Sathulani Moyo cited capacity issues related to the billing system.

“Before the prepaid system, we used to supply over 44 000 cubic meters but now we can only manage 7 000 cubic meters. This is because ZINWA expects us to remit more than we are currently billing residents. If this is not resolved, we are likely to further increase our water rationing to at least 1 or 2 hours of water supply per week,” said Moyo.

Beitbridge Municipality has pleaded with ZINWA arguing that they were not given enough notice to adjust tariffs to sustain the prepaid regime.