THE City of Harare (CoH) has introduced an annual trade effluent license fee which is in line with the Environmental Management Act (EMA) Chapter 20:27 Section 59(1), which will come to effect on 1 January 2012.
The fee is applicable to commercial and industrial properties that produce trade effluent directly or indirectly discharge it into the municipal sewer.
City of Harare spokesperson Michael Chideme said that the trade effluent fee will be USD 500 or an equilevent ZWL interbank rate.
“The annual trade effluent will be USD500 or ZWL equivalent, it is over and above the monthly billed trade effluent charges which are dependent on the volume and quality of effluent produced,” Chideme said.
“Payment of the trade effluent discharge license fee will be one of the requirements to be met before an existing or new business which produces industrial trade effluent is issued with a council business license,” he said.
A monthly penalty fee of USD300 or ZWL equivalent, which will be reviewed quarterly, will be charged with immediate effect, to every trade effluent producing industrial or commercial property operating without the prerequisite pre-treatment facility.
The Environmental Management Act Chapter 20:27 Section 59(1) requires the proponent or owner of a trade or industrial undertaking to pre-treat their trade effluent before discharging it into the sewerage system.
“The penalty fee shall continue to be charged until the concerned industrial or commercial properties install the requisite pre-treatment facilities to the satisfaction of council,” said Chideme.
Millions of Zimbabweans are prone to water-borne diseases owing to trade effluent discharged into the municipal sewer.
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