HARARE City Council (HCC) on Tuesday allocated ZW$1.5 billion to water and sanitation against a total budget of ZW$5 billion for 2020.
The windfall is a milestone increment in budget allocation to water and sanitation in the past 10 years.
In the budget statement presented by Councillor Luckson Mukunguma, ZWL1.485 billion was allocated to water and sanitation.
“As we strive to be a smart city, we are aware of the need to manage waste water effectively and part of the allocation will be channeled towards the optimisation of sewer treatment plants,” he said.
Mukunguma added that HCC would make efforts to rehabilitate farms which are critical in water treatment processes.
HCC availed ZWL63.98 million for solid waste treatment, ZWL872 million for water services and ZWL548 million for waste water treatment.
Meanwhile, HCC has proposed imposition of a water tariff as a way to encourage efficient water usage and conservation.
The existing water tariff in high density areas would increase from ZWL5.10 to ZWL20, while in low density areas it will go up from ZWL6.10 to ZWL25.