Victoria Falls City Council is planning to intensify water disconnections to force ratepayers to pay up their debts.
Town Clerk Ronnie Dube said the local authority is owed ZWL$500 million by residents and a 50 per cent discount promotion offered to residents was ignored.
Dube said because of defaults by residents, the local authority is struggling to buy water purification chemicals.
Victoria Falls City Council is getting ZWL$47 million per month in revenue against an approved expenditure of ZWL$90 million per month. Said, Dube:
We offered the residents and commercial operators a deal of a 50 per cent discount and still, they are not coming through to pay.
We started off by disconnecting ( in February) those who had higher debts, but we have observed that they still don’t want to come and pay, and even those whose bills had lapsed over three months are still not coming so intensifying disconnections is the only option that we are left with.
Dube urged ratepayers to ensure that they pay their bills in order for the local authority to continue providing uninterrupted service delivery.
Council records show that the local authority is collecting an average of about ZWL$47 182 044.42 per month.