The Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) has opened investigations into allegations that the Bulawayo City Council’s water charges and levies are excessive.
CTC is a statutory body established after the merger of the former Industry and Trade Competition Commission and the Tariff Commission.
In a notice published in the Government Gazette last Friday, CTC chairperson Dumisani Sibanda said all information gathered during the investigation would be treated in confidence.
Interested stakeholders have been given seven days to make written submissions to the commission.
Under section 28 of the Act, the commission has the power to investigate any restrictive practice which it has reason to believe exists.
Residents have often complained about high utility charges and poor services.
As a result of water shortages, Bulawayo residents have had to go for days without water but are still made to pay high bills.