The City of Cape Town Council voted today to introduce further punitive tariffs to help curb water usage. See: Shit Just Got Real Cape Town – residents limited to 50 litres of water.
Taking the lowest tariff and usage figure from the newly published rates the City of Cape Town will now be charging R145.98 over a month for usage of 6000 litres. The original tariff was R28.44 – a shocking increase BUT does it compare with Nelson Mandela Bay’s water tariffs?
Nelson Mandela Bay is presently on Part C of Water Restrictions which, for a residential consumer, will cost R15.88 per kilolitre so long as the consumption is below 0.5 kilolitres per day, which allows a total consumption per month of 15 000 litres.
Now for the shocking observation – this means that Cape Town residents – in the lead up to today’s vote by council and further increased punitive tariffs, paid far less than Port Elizabeth residents per kilolitre of water despite the residents of Cape Town facing their biggest drought in history.
Cape Town residents consuming 6000 litres per month paid R4.74 per kilolitre whilst PE residents presently pay R15.88 per kilolitre. The City of Cape Town has now overtaken PE with the latest tariff increase to R24.33 per kilolitre.
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