ConCourt to rule on meters

2009-10-07 16:52

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will rule on the legality of water meters and whether free water allowances are adequate, in its session on Thursday.

The case arose after water meters were installed in Phiri, Soweto as part of the City of Johannesburg's efforts to curb huge losses in payments for water.

The residents object to the meters because when they have run out money in the meter they are cut off, whereas residents of more affluent suburbs continue receiving water until the council has exhausted processes it must follow before cutting the water off.

The residents also want the free water allowance increased to 50kl.

The city has argued that there are social support systems available for people to make special applications if they are too poor to buy more water.