Sipepa Nkomo said his ministry had taken this measure to ensure that revenue collected by local authorities from water charges would not be used for purposes other than maintenance and improvement of water and sewage services.
“I have given a directive to all councils that was also signed by Minister Chombo for councils to have separate water accounts,” said Sipepa Nkomo.
“This will ensure that revenue collected from water is re-invested back in the provision of clean water.”
He said the directive is effective beginning of March and the ministry will be sending auditors to all councils to ensure compliance.
The minister, who was speaking at the commissioning of the Range Booster pump station in Gweru, said most residents do not pay their water bills because services had not improved.