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    Zinwa, Gwanda Town resolve water dispute


    GWANDA – The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has suspended the installation of a bulk prepaid water meter in the Town of Gwanda following a meeting with the local authority.
     The installation of the water meter would have seen Gwanda Town Council paying for all its water needs to Zinwa in advance. The proposal triggered demonstrations in the Mat South Provincial capital a few weeks ago as residents feared serious water crisis.
    ZINWA had given the Municipality of Gwanda up to October 21, 2016 to pay an amount of between $120 000 and $150 000 upfront in order to receive water supplies.
    ZINWA top officials and the Municipality management met last week and they both agreed that the water   issue needed a lasting solution.
    Mayor Knowlegde Ndlovu who led Gwanda  Municipality in the meeting confirmed the development.
    "I can confirm that last week we held a meeting with the delegation from ZINWA led by its operations director Israel Rwodzi who backed down on the use of the prepaid bulk water meters until the matter is finalised.
    "We managed to negotiate with them and they conceded that indeed there was a problem but said they could not make a final decision on the whole issue. However, they agreed to suspend the use of prepaid bulk water meters temporarily ending the impasse," said Ndlovu.
    Ndlovu went on to say that the move by Zinwa came as a relief to him and the people of Gwanda.
    Efforts to get comment from Zinwa public relations manager Marjorie Munyonga were fruitless as her mobile phone went unanswered.
    "We are relieved that they have also come to appreciate that the bulk water meters can only be useful when there are individual prepaid meters installed for residents first because they realised that a post consumption based system at the consumer  end point will not work with a prepaid system at the bulk supply level," said Ndlovu.
    This development comes after Gwanda Town faced water shortages to the extent where the hospital had to discharge ill patients because of water crisis.
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