HARARE city council acting town clerk Isaiah Chawatama has revealed on Friday that Morton Jaffray Waterworks is teetering on the brink of closure if government does not increase financial support.
He said the funds disbursed by government this week was not enough to cover the monthly water treatment bills which amounts to over ZW44million.
“Government this week disbursed ZW37 361 000 an amount that is a far cry from the city’s monthly water treatment bill of over ZWL44 million” said Chawatama.
Chawatama highlighted that the funds provided by the government is not enough to cover the water treatment and will be channeled towards water production, distribution and waste water collection.
“Government committed to some urgent intervention for the city to cover water production, water distribution, and waste water collection and treatment,” he said.
Council uses nine water treatment chemicals whose prices are charged in United States dollars which amounts to USD 36000 per month.
He said the city council will continue to push the government so that they can get enough funds to buy water treatment chemicals.
“We are therefore going to continue with the engagement process so that we get a financial package that will enable us to procure water treatment chemicals for the remaining three months of the year,” Chatawama said.
Meanwhile, most suburbs in Harare have gone to over three months without tap water .