Water rates U-turn

2013-10-28 00:00

AN outcry over uMgungundlovu district’s high water tariffs has led to the municipality giving in to protesting residents and reviewing its latest tariff increases.

While residents can look forward to relief in their forthcoming bills, they seem stuck with paying the charges on their previous bills. Khuzwayo said the previous charges stand because they were gazetted. The URA’s Tim Lindsay-White and Rorie Anderson said yesterday that failure to credit users for the amounts overcharged above the revised increases, means that water users will still have to bear the excessive burden for at least half a year. “The refusal to compensate users for what they clearly admit to as a mistake, the excessive consequences of which we are told were not intended, is incomprehensible. The district municipality is inviting a rash of angry disputes,” the URA said.

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