Cape Town stands by list of top 100 water users

2017-03-02 18:00
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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is adamant its list of the top 100 water users is accurate after questions arose about leaks resulting in excessive water use.

On Monday, the city released the names of the streets where 100 properties the city identified as having recorded the highest water usage are located.

READ: Cape Town's top 100 water consumers revealed

It then emerged that one of the residents who were named and shamed for excessive water consumption discovered a massive underground leak on his property.

This led to questions about the accuracy of the city's list of top water users.

But on Thursday the city said it stood by its data.

"The information released, i e the streets in which the top 100 users reside, is correct," it said in a statement.

"The top 100 list is based on the actual water readings. The city's water inspectorate is currently inspecting the various properties on the list and engaging with property owners.

"According to our records, not one of the households reported a leak through the city's many channels or sought any kind of assistance from the City."

It said it was up to residents to monitor their water bills to identify leaks.

"Leaks constitute consumption: The bigger the leak, the higher the consumption. The city is only mandated to maintain the pipes up until the boundary of privately owned properties.

"If a resident detects a leak on their premises, they are encouraged to apply for a rebate from the city."
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