Property owner billed for water he doesn’t have

2016-11-17 06:00

A PROPERTY owner in Melville wants to know why the municipality has billed him R30 000 for water when he doesn’t have access to any.

The man bought the land a few years ago, and built a house on it in 2010, however, the property has never been connected to a water meter.

He says he has been using drums to store water and sometimes makes use of his neighbour’s water.

In the past two years the man has been back and forth to the municipal offices asking them to connect his water and install a water meter so he can be billed and pay for water.

“When I went to the municipal offices they told me I already have an account with them, which has an outstanding balance of R30 000.

“The lady I spoke to told me they can’t connect a water meter before I pay the outstanding amount.”

He said he spoke to the municipal manager about the alleged outstanding amount, and asked that the municipality connect his property to water.

“When I spoke to the manager he told me that technicians would install a meter, however he never said what is going to happen about the outstanding balance.”

He said eventually he was told to pay R500 towards the outstanding amount.

“I made the arrangement and made only one payment,” he said.

He says he doesn’t not know what the municipality is charging him for and he has now decided to sell the property if the municipality doesn’t install a meter and connect him to a water­ supply.

Ugu District Municipality spokesperson France Zama said the municipality will be investigating the allegations and a report with factual findings will be communicated.

“The municipality will also action corrective measures where necessary,” said Zama.

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