Harare City Council has started inviting tenders for delivery and installation of prepaid smart water meters
despite fierce resistance from residents, civil society groups and opposition parties.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
In a notice yesterday, the local authority set July 21 as the deadline for interested bidders.
Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said the tender was for a pilot project which would cover 2 000 consumers in the central business district (CBD) and Avenues area.
“We are going to install the pilot project in areas such as the Avenues, CBD and selected suburbs which get water 24/7, meaning areas with uninterrupted water supply. We will have 2 000 meters installed,” Chideme said.
“This is a test-run. It’s part of the consultations we are doing so that when we finally roll out the programme, we will be having all the information.”
Meanwhile, the city warned aspiring home-seekers to guard against con-artists allegedly selling stands in council’s Crowborough Farm, saying the transactions were illegal as the farm had been set aside for waste water treatment purposes.
“It has come to the attention of Harare City Council that some people have taken it upon themselves to apportion part of Crowborough Farm into residential stands without the approval of council,” council said in a statement said.
“Any potential buyers or those who have already bought residential stands at the council farm are hereby advised that they have been cheated. The farm is part of the city’s wastewater treatment system and as such is not available for housing development.”