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City of Cape Town responds to call to scrape water tariff

Calls have been made for the City to revise its water tariffs and restrictions since there is no longer drought in the City.
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City of Cape Town responds to call to scrape water tariff

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says the fixed water charge will not be scrapped as it forms part of the tariff structure.

The City has been flooded with calls to revise its water tariffs and restrictions after a marked improvement in the dam levels in the Western Cape.

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) lifted water restrictions in much of the province as water sources have been relieved due to good rains.

According to Government Gazettes in December 2017 and December 2018 once the Western Cape Water Supply System reaches 85%, the restrictions must automatically be suspended by the regional manager. The system reached 88% by 1 September.

MAYCO member for water and waste service Xanthea Limberg however said: “Tariffs are set only to cover costs of providing reliable water service, including the maintenance of infrastructure and investing in new water sources to ensure Cape Town’s water supply is more resilient to future climate shocks,”

“The water tariff comprises a fixed component and a usage component, both forming one tariff for water. It is not an additional charge and not a penalty. The total tariff covers the cost of providing water,” Limberg said.

Adding that the fixed component of the tariff covers nearly 20% to 25% of the City’s costs.

 

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