The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has threatened to cut off water supplies to Beitbridge town over a $205 million debt.
Under the current set up, Zinwa sells water to the municipality which then sells to the residents after putting its own mark-up.
Zinwa’s uMzingwane catchment area manager Engineer Farai Manzira has since given notice to the municipality of the intentions to cut off supplies.
“This letter serves as a notice of disconnection of water services as a result of non-payment of water bills amounting to $205, 184, 024, 00 as at 20 July,” said Eng Manzira.
“The authority is incurring huge chemical and electricity bills in the process of supplying water to the town council. Should the Beitbridge town council fail to make a substantial payment within the next five days of receipt of this notice, Zinwa shall terminate the services without further notice.”
The two entities have been tussling over the control of the town’s water management without any solution in the last seven years.