Water bill increase

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March 31, 2017
Water bill increase
Water wasters could see their utility bill increase by a whopping 19 percent in July, says Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

This is one of the tariff increase proposals contained in the City of Cape Town’s draft budget for the 2017/18 financial year.

The City is proposing a 19 percent hike for water and sanitation tariffs, just over three percent for electricity and 6.5 percent for refuse collection.

Dam levels have dropped to an effective 17.3 percent – that is 1.3 percent down from a week ago.

And if residents continue using water like they are now, the City says it only has 103 days of useable water left.

There is good news for those who are trying to save water – Mayco Member for Finance Johan van der Merwe says residents adhering to water restrictions will pay less than the proposed increase.

He said only those who are using more than 50 kilolitres a month will be affected by the hike in July if the proposed rates are approved in May.

The budget will be opened for public comment from next week.

To piemp water wasters, email the City to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za or send an SMS to 31373.

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