THE cash-strapped Gweru City Council has embarked on massive residential water cuts for those in arrears in a move that is likely to pose a health hazard.
Council workers could be seen disconnecting water for defaulting residents yesterday after the city fathers indicated in June that they had sanctioned disconnections in a bid to raise money for salaries.
City treasurer Edgar Mwedzi said council was yet to assess the outcome of water disconnections in generating revenue for the wage bill.
“In our works council meeting of the 23rd of June, it was indicated that we needed to collect $195 000 to meet (the wage bill of) Grades 1-7,” Mwedzi said in a memo. “We went even to sanction water disconnections in a bid to raise this amount.”
Neither mayor Hamutendi Kombayi nor town clerk Daniel Matawu were available for comment on the disconnections.
In the past, council has tried to persuade residents to pay up by offering discounts for settling bills within a set period, but this has yielded little results.
Since the beginning of the year, the cash-strapped municipality has been struggling to pay salaries to its employees.