Water comes with a price

2017-10-10 06:00

The article on possible closure of the Newlands spring was cause for concern (“Reports on spring closure slammed”, People’s Post, 26 September).

I was in the habit of pausing for a cupped hand of water when walking past, but gave up when well-dressed people annexed the spring to fill numerous 5F bottles for waiting bakkies.

On the last occasion, I walked past a woman standing outside and probably waiting for a lift in the company of at least seven labelled bottles. I asked what she needed the water for and the curt reply was: “For my child.” A little further on, a member of the public coming towards the site and carrying a similarly labelled bottle told me that he’d bought the water and was surprised to learn about the spring providing free water.

Has anyone else considered the possibility that the spring has become a source of income by bottling and selling it? When a home with two adults with separate facilities (and at a time when a portion of the garden was watered in accordance with municipal restrictions) could use less than 2kF of water a month, why should others need to use the spring to save on water bills?

Has anyone noticed how much money the poor spend on cellphones, smartphones and clothing? Would anyone disagree with the opinion that we treat water as a right yet it is a more valuable life resource than gold? All water comes with a price and should be paid for in ascending costs to compensate for inequalities in income, whether municipal or ground water.

Surely usage of the Newlands spring should be limited and controlled, and, if this is not possible, closed. As usual, mindful people will experience a loss to opportunism.

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