ALL suppliers of bulk water are required to register with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa), as the government moves to plug the sporadic abstraction of the precious liquid.
Report by Amanda Horsfield
Government has set a deadline of August this year for companies to comply, failure of which they will be penalised.
The development comes at a time when the business of selling bulk water has been booming especially in Harare due to perennial water shortages.
In a Government Gazette published last Friday, the Ministry of Water Resources Development and Management said the decision followed consultation with stakeholders.
“No person shall sell groundwater or surface water in bulk without being registered with the authority within 60 days of the publication of this statutory instrument,” read part of the gazette.
“Any person who contravenes . . . shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level eight or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.”
According to the gazette, suppliers who fail to register will have their water seized.
Zinwa will carry out inspections on trucks, trucks in transit, pumped boreholes or company premises at any reasonable time during working hours.
“In carrying out the inspections, the authority must collect samples of the water, soil and any other materials that may prove relevant in ensuring that the water quality is good and not exposed to any forms of pollution,” government said.