For many local authorities’ water leakages, failure to collect revenue effectively and account for citizens in their locality has put a major limitation on service delivery.
According to the World Bank- sponsored service level benchmarking annual report, revenue collection by Zimbabwe’s urban councils dropped to 52 percent last year, from 60 percent the previous year.
This is an indication that more needs to be done to plug leakages.
Faulty metres and pipe bursts have been a major headache for local authorities and despite the fact that over 60 percent of their earnings are generated from the precious commodity in many instances not much has been done to stem the leakages.
For many of the local authorities, water leakages have been the order of the day for more than a decade.
While the debate of installing prepaid water metres has been very pronounced, an expert in the area, Mr Derek Sithole notes that the savings to both local authorities as well as residents are needed.
While parking fees are also supposed to be a cash cow for local authorities, not much has been recovered as a dividend from entities running such ventures for many local authorities.
Mr Takudzwa Mupingashato who offers automated parking metre solutions said the use of technology is advantageous to the local authority as well as the motorist alike.
Garbage removal too has posed to be a major thorn in the flesh for local authorities.
Despite the challenges, other methods which can assist local authorities such as waste separation at source weighbridges at dumpsites and biogas digesters which can turn the waste into energy can be employed.