Harare City Council (HCC) has proposed to increase the water tariff by an estimated 19 per cent. The city fathers also intend to raise clamping, tow-away and storage charges by 100 per cent. While presenting the 2019 budget on Monday, HCC finance and development committee chairperson Luckson Mukunguma said
Therefore the proposed increase in the water tariff is expected to improve cost recovery and reduce dependence on the other accounts and ensure sustainability. For high-density areas 1-10 cubic metres (m3) existing charge is 70 cents, proposed is 83 cents.
For 11 to 20 cm this will go up from 80 cents to 93 cents while water more than 20m3 will be $1,20 up from $1.
Low-density areas will be charged 95 cents for water charged between 1 and 10m3 up from 80 cents. Water used between 11 and 20 m3 will be $1,30 up from $1,20 and above 20m3 it will remain at $1,50.
Your Worship, the justification for water tariff increase has been a drastic increase in the cost of inputs namely chemicals, cost of repairs and maintenance, capital charges on borrowed funds for capital works and other operational expenses.
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