Zimbabwean power utility switches off Harare water treatment plants over unpaid bills

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Zimbabwean power utility ZESA Holdings has disconnected Harare City Council’s water treatment plants over an undisclosed debt, leaving at least two million residents in the city and its environs without municipal water.

The council notified residents through social media on Friday that it was negotiating with the power utility so that power would be restored.

“We are facing power challenges at our water treatment plants following power disconnections over a debt by the power utility. We are currently negotiating with ZESA for power restoration,” the council said on Twitter.

It also urged its customers to pay their bills so that it could in turn pay its service providers.

“Council is owed over eight billion Zimbabwe dollars (95 million U.S. dollars) by its customers. Failure by our customers to pay their bills is adversely affecting our capacity to pay our creditors,” it said. Harare has two water treatment plants. Enditem

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