‘How to read your new municipal account’

2018-09-18 06:00

Your municipal account reflects not only the contractual relationship that exists between you and the municipality for rates and services, it is also a useful tool to see how resource-efficient you are.

If an account shows an unreasonable spike in water usage, it could indicate that there is an underground leak on the property that the owner needs to fix.

If you would like to bring your water or electricity usage down, your account helps you to set the target for your household so that you can be more resource-efficient.

Although the structure of the City’s tariffs has changed, one thing remains: the less you use, the less you pay.

You may have noticed the introduction of fixed service delivery charges for water, sanitation and electricity since 1 July. All income received from this charge goes toward service provision. With the electricity charge, for instance, 10% of the income goes toward the rates account for shared services, 65% goes toward buying power from Eskom and the rest goes toward maintaining the network.

The monthly electricity Home User charge of R130.44 without VAT of 15% and R150.01 with 15% VAT can be found on your City account under ‘Sundries’ if you have a pre-paid metre. If you have a credit metre, it can be found under ‘Electricity’. For water, it can be found under the water section along with the size of your connection, likely 15 mm or 20 mm, indicated in brackets. The water metre connection size relates to the ‘loading’ factors on the property.

Johan van der Merwe, Mayco member for finance

Your municipal account reflects not only the contractual relationship that exists between you and the municipality for rates and services, it is also a useful tool to see how resource-efficient you are.

If an account shows an unreasonable spike in water usage, it could indicate that there is an underground leak on the property that the owner needs to fix.

If you would like to bring your water or electricity usage down, your account helps you to set the target for your household so that you can be more resource-efficient.

Although the structure of the City’s tariffs has changed, one thing remains: the less you use, the less you pay.

You may have noticed the introduction of fixed service delivery charges for water, sanitation and electricity since 1 July. All income received from this charge goes toward service provision. With the electricity charge, for instance, 10% of the income goes toward the rates account for shared services, 65% goes toward buying power from Eskom and the rest goes toward maintaining the network.

The monthly electricity Home User charge of R130.44 without VAT of 15% and R150.01 with 15% VAT can be found on your City account under ‘Sundries’ if you have a pre-paid metre. If you have a credit metre, it can be found under ‘Electricity’. For water, it can be found under the water section along with the size of your connection, likely 15 mm or 20 mm, indicated in brackets. The water metre connection size relates to the ‘loading’ factors on the property.

Johan van der Merwe, Mayco member for finance

Your municipal account reflects not only the contractual relationship that exists between you and the municipality for rates and services, it is also a useful tool to see how resource-efficient you are.

If an account shows an unreasonable spike in water usage, it could indicate that there is an underground leak on the property that the owner needs to fix.

If you would like to bring your water or electricity usage down, your account helps you to set the target for your household so that you can be more resource-efficient.

Although the structure of the City’s tariffs has changed, one thing remains the same: the less you use, the less you pay.

You may have noticed the introduction of fixed service delivery charges for water, sanitation and electricity since 1 July. All income received from this charge goes toward service provision. With the electricity charge, for instance, 10% of the income goes toward the rates account for shared services, 65% goes toward buying power from Eskom and the rest goes toward maintaining the network.

As we all move toward greater resource efficiency, for instance by using less water or using alternative energy, the fixed charges will help the municipality to operate, maintain and repair our water and electricity networks, irrespective of how much or how little is used.

If applicable, the monthly electricity Home User charge of R130.44 without VAT of 15% and R150.01 with 15% VAT can be found on your City account under ‘Sundries’ if you have a pre-paid metre. If you have a credit metre, it can be found under ‘Electricity’. For water, it can be found under the water section along with the size of your connection, likely 15 mm or 20 mm, indicated in brackets.

The water metre connection size relates to the ‘loading’ factors on the property, for example a house with two or three bathrooms and appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines ‘load’ more onto the connection than a house with one bathroom.

Johan van der Merwe, Mayco member for finance

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