Cape Times

City’s new water-metering approach ‘inhumane’


THE City’s new council-approved water-metering approach has been slammed as an acknowledg­ement that restrictin­g the water supply of indigent households was “inhumane” and “inadequate” for large homes.

The City this week said it will, as of July 1, start implementi­ng its revised approach to domestic metering. All registered indigent households will receive an allocation of up to 15 000l of water and the related 70% calculated for sanitation, at no charge per month.

The City’s water and sanitation department will begin the process of releasing volume-restrictin­g water meters to “open flow” and registered indigent households will no longer have a water management device, with a daily volume of water allocated to the property, but will need to take responsibi­lity for ensuring the amount of water used at the property remains within the newly increased monthly limit.

If water usage on the residentia­l property is higher than the limit for two consecutiv­e months, a warning letter will be issued.

If usage is higher than the limit for a third consecutiv­e month, a flowrestri­cting disc will be inserted into the meter, to limit water supply to a trickle flow, for the next 12 months.

Sandra Dickson of civil society group Stop CoCT said the City had created another dilemma for itself with this new policy, which can be viewed as a “slap in the face” for the faithful households paying their bills every month, under difficult circumstan­ces as a result of job losses and reduced income because of Covid-19.

“If the City wants to be fair and caring, it should also pass some of its relief to this category of loyal payers. The City persists with the levies and inadequate relief to pensioners and other struggling households, which narrowly do not qualify for the City’s stringent requiremen­ts to register as an indigent household,” said Dickson.

For more informatio­n on the changes, visit savewater

Visit Financial-relief-and-rebates/ Individual­s/Apply-for-indigentra­tes-relief to apply for indigent relief.

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