Cape Times

Tax water abusers

- M Pillay Rondebosch East

THE Western Cape is experienci­ng its worst drought, yet some residents show total disregard for water restrictio­ns imposed by the city.

While some of us make every effort to conserve water, others seem to abuse it. As a result of the city’s imposition of water restrictio­ns and levies, those who are compliant also have to bear the brunt of the abusers.

I am informed that the city is installing water management devices on properties of excessive water users, but at what rate?

Another issue is the use of undergroun­d water. Many labour under the misconcept­ion that it is free and unlimited.

More and more people are installing well points/boreholes to keep their gardens in pristine condition, without regard to the impact on the environmen­t. Other than registerin­g boreholes/well points, there seems to be no controls in place.

It makes sense for the city to implement a fee-based structure for groundwate­r users – fit water measuring devices and tax users according to their usage.

They enjoy these benefits at no cost – only to the detriment of everyone else who cannot afford them.

By this time one would expect turfs to be less than green – this is not evident in some well-establishe­d areas. Where are the city’s inspectors? Households are buying water by the truckful to fill their pools.

Where does this water come from?

When the bell does toll for a total shutdown of water, who will suffer the most? Definitely the elderly, indigent, our children, etc, who would have to queue for water.

An equitable solution: households who do not abuse the system, who really use well below the daily average, should have uninterrup­ted water supply.

Those who disrespect the life-giving resource should be shut down and stand in the queue. Why should we all suffer because of a few?

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