Mutare seeks $3m for water chemicals

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MUTARE City Council requires more than $3 million every month for water treatment chemicals, a figure it cannot afford given reduced revenue collection, Mutare spokesperson Spren Mutiwi has said.

Mutiwi said the situation has been worsened by the 2020 budget approved by government which has already been eroded by the inflation.

“We now require more than 3 million RTGs per month for the monthly water treatment chemicals. The suppliers are also charging in foreign currency and they use black market rates.

“The cost of procuring water treatment chemicals is now very exorbitant and it is mandatory that treatment should be done before conveying the precious liquid to residents and institutions,” he said.

He added that the city’s revenue collection was now down to 10 percent due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Since the national lockdown, our revenue collection has declined significantly. We are now collecting 10 percent of our capacity and we cannot commit beyond our capacity, mindful of the fact that the current collections cannot even cover costs,” Mutiwi said.

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