By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent
The municipality of Chegutu, short of CASH, used the services of three contractors to install prepaid water meters in more than 3,000 homes.
Each of the contracted companies is expected to install 1,000 water meters in wards 2, 3 and parts of the central business district (CBD).
Areas to be covered include Rifflerange, Rifflerange Extension, the motels area, Hintonville and Kennedy.
The local authority lost potential revenue due to illegal connections, leaks and, in general, water that could not be explained.
Council spokesperson Brian Nkiwane confirmed the development to NewZimbabwe.com on Thursday.
Nkiwane said, “The Municipality of Chegutu has hired smart meters to install water meters in areas that include wards 2, 3 and part of the CBD. The exercise began on Wednesday and will see Smart Meters install water meters on 450 to 1,000 properties in the mentioned neighborhoods. The field team is easily identifiable by their uniforms. We therefore urge our residents to give the team maximum cooperation during this time. “
Two other anonymous contractors will soon start commissioning the water meters.
The project, Nkiwane added, is a priority because most households in Chegutu did not have water meters.
“The three different companies will supply 1,000 meters each. Smart meters will be the pioneers of the project while other contractors who also bid in the tender process will start work soon, ”the council spokesperson said.