Harare invites tenders for prepaid water meter installations

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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.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Its funny how they can spend money on things that bring out millions from their coffers and yet fail to provide water for the people of Harare, when they need to concentrate on making water available to everybody as a right but not luxury. They cant even pay their employees on time but they can find money for meters

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  3. I think its a move in the right direction. The reason why there has been no much investment in the water sector with government being the only bigger player is because of lack of viability of the sector. Most people do not pay for the service/water they consume. They have this common mentality that water is a right and whether they pay or not- their right will not be taken away. However there is need for a balance because for that water to be provided you need chemicals for purification, money for infrastructure rehabilitation, etc.Prepaid meters are meant to compel people to utilise and pay for what they can afford.

  4. @Chibaba. You need to read the meaning of the human right to water first before making unnecessary allegations. The right to water does not mean non-payment for water. Let’s make informed debates. Let me say that pre-payment will not solely guarantee payment. I do not know how a pilot project can be said to be consultative?

    • i agree with you Hardlife..water has to be paid for..people simply dont want to prepay because they have no intention of paying at all..

  5. This is what is called ‘tenderpreneurship’. Mashefu anongo chestirana matenders vachiita mari netumwe tunhu tusina musoro wese. Instead of prioritising on service delivery, they want to pimp a service that is not there. Just like someone who will buy mug wheels for a car that requires a new gearbox. Misplaced priorities.

  6. people are under illusion. the only thing that’s for free is the air you breathe and the sun that you bask in. Clean water while fundamental for survival is never free. Answer this. 1.Who pays for daming the rivers to create the water reservoirs as well as maintaining the reservoir and dam. 2.Who pays for the chemicals to then clean the water.3. who pays for installation and maintenance to of the reticulation system to get the water into your house. People are simply used to freebies but the age of freebies is over. People also need to come to terms with economics..collectively, what you pay for is what you get. Another important fact of economics wants you start to prepay for the water you will use efficiently..and at some point the City council will have to be accountable for not providing the water once its paid for in advance..Wake up and live in the modern age.

  7. At Mavhura, is ZESA being accountable for short supply of electricity regardless of prepaid metres. Water is a right howver people have to be accountable for it as well. What is of paramount importance is viability and anti-corruptive motives within the Harare City

  8. Nyamvura, is ZESA being accountable for short supply of electricity regardless of prepaid metres. Water is a right howver people have to be accountable for it as well. What is of paramount importance is viability and anti-corruptive motives within the Harare City

  9. When something is said to be right and constitutionally enshrined as so, it is the duty of every responsible government to see to it that that right is protected.Our government is just a good example of an irresponsible government. Instead of these heartless shefs giving themselves loans (which they never pay back) those monies should be invested in ensuring that human rights (like water) are provided.It is also unfortunate that our clueless rulers always think about themselves first and in this case are thinking of how best they can benefit from tenders coming with this illegal development.

  10. When something is said to be a right and constitutionally enshrined as so, it is the duty of every responsible government to see to it that that right is protected.Our government is just a good example of an irresponsible government. Instead of these heartless shefs giving themselves loans (which they never pay back) those monies should be invested in ensuring that human rights (like water) are provided.It is also unfortunate that our clueless rulers always think about themselves first and in this case are thinking of how best they can benefit from tenders coming with this illegal development.

  11. Just another scam…..Look at ZESA… they said we want pre-paid so we can provide you with power all the time …what a load of shit…we are having more power cuts now….So the water scam will be no different….As of 10.am 18/6/15 there has been no running water from my taps for three days…what another load of shit.some months ago we had major water cuts because some said the Chinese donated new pumps….yet when the project started some one bought a new top of the range Range Rover for the engineer on site….and then it was defended by the minister….another load of shit…This is just another money making scam that will make some people rich in the deal and then once things are quiet to hell with the people who forked out for all this…the rate payers……But let them go ahead because at the moment they are cheating us because we are paying a lot more and are not getting any water, So by them installing a pre paid we will pay a lot less…What is needed is for us the rate payers to take them to court for failure to fulfill their obligations the same way they issue us with final demands and attach our property to recover their money….but like everything else will the justice system work in our favor is another question .

  12. People should thing dip please. Of course water is a right to everyone but if it ooze out from your taps dirty and untreated, would you think you can drink it? Yes it’s your right to have “water” but it’s not your right to have “clean water” because someone has to treat it and paid for the job. The purification materials and substances are not just for free, they are bought or paid for. So if you don’t pay for “clean water” you need, who is going to pay for? Of which pre-paid water meters is one of the strategies which could get “clean water” be always available after paid for and not necessarily “water” to just be there the time you need it because the council have that capacity to even supply water 24/7 but if it’s not treated, do you think you can drink it? It’s better to have shortages of water supply whilst its clean than to have 24/7 supply of water whereas its dirty and untreated due to failure to purify it by the council because of lack of funds to get adequate treatment of which funds are raised from the end user of water, who is the community. To those who are saying water is their right, if you feel that the city council is abusing you by this move, please don’t stress yourself, go to your nearby river, dam or stream and fetch from there since it’s there is plenty, then would we realise you would drink or use it?, Come on guys..

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