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City of Cape Town announces changes to water tariff hikes

It’s been a week of good news in the Mother City, as far as water is concerned.

Giyani Bulk Water supply project

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As far as issues involving water are concerned, it’s been a month of relatively good news for the residents of Cape Town.

The Mother City recently received a massive boost with the announcement that the dreaded “day zero” has been pushed back even further, with the Western Cape’s water supply expected to hold out for at least the entire duration of 2019. This was thanks to consistent rainfall experienced during the winter season, which have seen the regions dams steadily climb to healthy levels.

On Friday, the City of Cape Town made an announcement that will sure bring about more smiles to its residents – especially since it concerns their pockets.

As EWN reports, the municipality announced a few changes on water tariffs that will be taking effect on 1 July.

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According to the City’s mayoral committee member, Xanthea Limberg, indigent residents will not pay for the first 10.5 kilolitres of water they receive.

“Currently, residents are paying R26.25 per kilolitre for the first 6 kilolitres that will now from 1 July increase to R28.90 cents for the first kilolitres in the 6 kilolitres bracket.”

Tariff rates will, however, remain the same for those using six to 10.5 kilolitres of water. The city will also introduce a R115 water delivery charge.

“Non-indigent customers are currently paying R22.50 for the first kilolitre in the first bracket of consumption, but now increases to R24.72,” she added.

It’s welcome relief as – just over a month ago – the city was set to introduce a hefty hike of over 50%, which prompted great outrage from residents.

However, the proposed hike was soon reconsidered and eventually reduced to just 10.10% ahead of the approval of the City’s budget for 2018/19 in May.

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