Mutare City Council has threatened to close down nearly 100 business premises because they are a health hazard.
The city council last week cut supplies to consumers, including companies that have outstanding water bills.
The companies now face closure because they have continued to operate without water.
The city council says most of the consumers that were disconnected owed the council money ranging from $1 000 to $15 000.
Council has been dispatching notices of eviction to companies and organisations in the central business district and in the industrial areas since last week.
Part of the letter reads “. . . if water supplies are not restored within 24 hours tenants face eviction from their premises”.
The letter, dated August 27 2010 and signed by the acting director of health services Simon Mashababe, reads: “You are required to restore water supply within 24 hours of date of this notice or vacate the premises immediately.
“Re-occupation of the premises is subject to the restoration of a proper and sufficient water supply.”
The city council has also engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to enforce the order.
According to the Umtali (as Mutare was called then) Public Health Laws of 1975, occupying of premises without piped water “constitutes a nuisance in terms of Section 7”.