Further discussion around the $3 per 10,000 litre surcharge now being imposed on bulk water abstraction from boreholes raises some important points.
A blog on Harare’s disappearing water points out, among other things,
- Groundwater resources are finite.
- Groundwater is not, and cannot be seen as the panacea to Harare’s water problems.
- City of Harare needs to make program of rehabilitating the city’s water supply system a priority.
- Individuals and companies should use water more efficiently. Keeping lawns green should not be a priority.
As one subscriber wrote:
The bulk supplier that I use draws from registered boreholes, with an allocation from the catchment that they follow, and has been paying the gazetted charges. Yet he is being hit by the measures that are supposed to stop water mining. He still has to pay the costs to operate the boreholes and is passing the extra charges on to his customers – I have refused to buy water at this rate, I can’t afford it and I don’t see why I should be paying so much extra for nothing.
What they should be doing is to find unregistered bulk suppliers, make them register, obtain an allocation, pump according to the allocation and pay the gazetted fees. It would be helpful if those using borehole water for non-domestic purposes could be retrained from doing so.
The bottom line is that if we all had municipal water this would not be an issue. In places where there is an aquifer under Harare, the volume stored is insufficient to supply 2.1 million people and water mining is inevitable until we all get municipal supply.
And some #Twimbos also chimed in:
— Aston (@astonnashe) September 29, 2014
@kubatana Also finding out if the monitoring of supplies will translate into proper extraction audits. See editors letter in October issue!
— Harare News (@hararenews) September 29, 2014