Pre-paid water meter system proposal for Vulindlela

2015-03-11 00:00

VULINDLELA residents will have buy water using vouchers soon if the Msunduzi Municipality goes ahead with installing a new pre-paid water meter system in the area.

The proposal to install these individual meters in homes was contained in a report tabled at the executive committee meeting last week. It will work on the same principle as the electricity pre-paid meters.

The system will be a shock for many who are used to using water and paying the bill afterwards, but according to the municipality, this is a necessary step to get residents to pay for water they use.

They foresee it might also lead to resistance by residents, who are yet to be properly briefed about the changeover of water services from Umgeni Water to Msunduzi. The municipality apparently took over the service from Umgeni some time ago.

They have also not been briefed about the new prepaid water system.

The report said the water and ­sanitation services have been transferred to the Msunduzi Municipality and the water and sanitation department has taken “an initiative to implement … provision of new service connection and maintenance of water and sanitation in the Vulindlela area”.

“Finance must prepare revenue operational plan, which will give guidance and plan in addressing billing and revenue collection,” said the report.

“Council is losing revenue in ­Vulindlela since the consumers are not paying,” it said. “Consumers will be provided with meters which require their monitoring and they can only use according to their affordability.”

NFP PR councillor in Vulindlela Ntokozo Bhengu said there were still problems that needed to be sorted out before the project could be implemented.

He said as far as he was aware, the community had not been informed of the new system. “It’s the role of the ward councillors to inform the public; as far as I know, there have not been a single meeting held to discuss this.

“The people should be told the positive and the negative part of the system.”

He said there were grumblings with the community who are still not sure how the system will work or how they will pay.

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