The Chinhoyi Municipality will in the next few weeks set to roll out a US$15 million water augmentation project.

The Chinhoyi Municipality is currently supplying between 14 and 16 megalitres of water per day to consumers against a demand of 30 megalitres.

It is against the backdrop of the unmet demand that the municipality has set its sights on increasing production and pumping capacity at an estimated cost of US$15 million.

Chinhoyi town clerk Mr Maxwell Kaitano said the project will be implemented through a public private partnership arrangement with an unnamed contractor which will recover its costs from water sales.

Under the deal a metred water billing system will be used by the local authority as an effective way of improving revenue inflows.

Mr Kaitano said this in Kadoma on the sidelines of the Chinhoyi Municipality’s strategic plan review workshop.

The capital project is expected to be completed by March next year.

Officially opening the strategic plan review workshop for senior staff Chinhoyi Mayor Councillor Test Michaels said the issue of provision of adequate water is a key result area for which the municipality cannot turn a blind eye to.

2 of the areas under Chinhoyi Municipality Alaska and Shackleton are currently not getting piped water supplies from council.