While Harare City Council is battling to settle its US$74 million debt owed to the local authority’s sole water treatment chemicals supplier, Chemplex, Environment Management Committee chairperson Kudzai Kadzombe said the city’s water supply remains depressed.
“We are treating limited amounts of water so that we stretch the available chemicals to cover more days,” Kadzombe said.
“The city’s customers owe over $900 million and the debt is crippling operations as there are not enough financial resources to meet the day-to-day operations and we owe our creditors $500 million, a development that is restricting their capacity to do business with council,” Kadzombe said.
“The production of water is just like business, one needs revenue to continue in business. What is happening right now is that the very few people who are getting water are not paying to Council and this result to us making losses and being unable to buy purifying chemicals,” Chinyanya said.