CASES of theft and vandalism of water meters have increased significantly over the past week as thieves are after the brass in them, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has said.
Zinwa said the problem was rampant countrywide, with Chivhu the most affected.
“In recent days we have received a worryingly high number of cases of theft of water meters from clients.
“Clients are advised to secure their meters and to be on high alert. Chivhu is one of the hardest hit areas,” Zinwa spokesperson Marjorie Munyonga said.
She said thieves stole the water meters for the purpose of extracting brass alloy.
“The meters are in our system and cannot be used anywhere else. However, those stealing them are said to be doing so for the brass they get after destroying the devices,” she said.
Brass is made up of zinc and copper.