Councillor Xanthea Limberg has defended the forceful installation of water management devices on properties across the Cape.
The City of Cape Town has the legal power to install water management devices in homes, and certain homeowners have to foot the bill for the installation.
Some Cape Town residents have complained about the involuntary installation and the high cost of the device, priced at over R4000 each.
"You don't have any options, it's slapped onto the municipal account and you must pay", one Capetonian complained.
City officials have reportedly been installing more than 2 000 water management devices on properties every week.
Limberg says the water management devices cost more than regular water meters because of the specialised components that enable water saving.
I want to raise this exorbitant exploitation by the City of Cape Town by forcing these devices down the consumers throat at R4000 a pop... Who is profiteering here?— CapeTalk caller
She says poorer residents who agree to have the devices installed may have their debt scrapped, but adds that water-guzzlers will have to pay.
According to Limberg, the roll-out of water management devices has been slowed down because of "mass resistance".
The only time you pay for a water demand management device is if you contravene the water restrictions and don't comply to adequate water consumption.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
The R4000 which is added to your account is not just the device you are paying for. It's essentially for the contraventions of water restrictions.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
At the same time, Limberg says Capetonians are still complying with water restrictions, evident in stabilising consumption levels.
Dam levels sit around 21.9% (as of 9 April), she says.
Dam levels are dropping at a far slower rate because of cooler weather, some rainfall and because consumption levels have remained relativity the same.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
She explains how the controversial device functions and how city officials target consumers.
Take a listen to Councillor Xanthea Limberg explain:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'CT residents billed for water management devices when they ignore restrictions'