The Cape Argus has accused the City of Cape Town of rewarding high water users by reducing their tariffs.
The Argus says that households using above 35 kilolitres a month will be paying R300 per kiloliter, down by R700 from R1000 per kilolitre.
Mayco member for water and waste services, Xanthea Limberg has rubbished the claims saying that high water consumption still comes at a heavy punitive cost.
We need to note that level 5 water restrictions does provide a reduction in the cost of water but it still illustrates that high consumption still comes at a heavy punitive cost and is designed to discourage excessive use.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services, energy
It is important to note that we are not supposed to be consuming at step 3 and 4 under level 5.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services, energy
At level 5 households should only be consuming in step 1 and 2, using a maximum of 8.4 kilolitres for a household of four.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services, energy
Limberg says the city will continue monitoring high water users even under level 5 and will install water management devices and set them at 350 litres of water per day.
To hear the rest of the conversation with Xanthea Limberg, listen below:
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