Govt owes ZINWA Z$800 billion-(15-02-07)

HARARE - Water and Infrastructure Development minister Munacho Mutezo has admitted the lack of capacity by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to avert the water supply and sewage reticulation disaster faced by the Harare Province.
ZINWA has requested funds from government to purchase v

itally needed chemicals and equipment, which if not secured in the next couple of weeks, could lead to things falling apart.
“There is a lot of work needed to be done on equipment. ZINWA faces a daunting task, requiring a lot of effort and cooperation from other stakeholders,” Mutezo said.
Fears abound of a health disaster due to the poor quality of water being pumped into the taps, which is suspected to be inadequately treated.
Recent breakdowns at the main water treatment plants in Harare have worsened the situation, and ZINWA has blamed the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority for incessant power cuts, which it alleges cause the problems on machines.
ZINWA, which recently took over the water supply and sewage reticulation responsibilities for Harare, has also established that most of the sewage system has broken down and now needs replacement, a task requiring a lot of funds.
That is against a backdrop of near-bankruptcy at the water authority, which this week revealed that it was owed Z$800 billion, mainly by government. – Staff reporter

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