Water tarriffs should be based on usage

2017-09-26 06:00

I fully understand that water restrictions must be applied due to the dreadful drought we are experiencing in the Western Cape. However what I do not agree with is that the City of Cape Town has stopped the 6000kF free water to owners who own houses valued at more than R400 000.

As my house is valued at more than that, I find it unfair that I must be penalised due to this. Even before the restrictions I never wasted water and was way below the 6000kF usage. In fact I am still using much less than this.

I feel the value of a person’s house should not be taken into account but the amount of water that a household uses.

Just because a house is valued at less than R400 000 doesn’t necessarily mean they use less water. In fact they are probably using far more than 6000kF.

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to attend meetings to express my anger at this new ruling. I wrote to our counsellor, Joy McCarthy, months ago and to date have still not had a response.

Lynne van Minnen Email

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