Free water to non-indigents, high-value property owners comes to an end

 

The annual municipal tariff increases took effect from July 1, 2018.

According to Themba Gadebe, metro spokesperson, in order to cushion the indigents residents from these increases, the metro has revised its policy on provision of free six kilolitres (kl) of water to all residents so that more indigents can be accommodated.

This was announced by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance and Economic Development Doctor Xhakaza during the budget speech on May 24.

“Therefore, residents who are not registered indigents and whose property value exceed R750 000 would notice from their monthly statements that they would be charged for all consumed water and sanitation,” said Gadebe.

“To accommodate more of destitute members of society, the metro has adopted the revised indigent support policy which has resulted in an increased minimum income threshold from R3 200 to R5 090.”

While delivering his budget speech, Xhakaza said although the metro has provided all of its ratepayers with free basic water over the past decade, the practice was in contrast with national policy.

“The national allocation to municipalities excludes non-indigent households,” said  Xhakaza, as he explained why Ekurhuleni had to reconsider its policy.

Gadebe said water tariff has also increased by 12.96 per cent from July 1, which is the same increase pronounced by Rand Water – the metro’s bulk water supplier.

“Sanitation tariffs has increased by nine per cent, which is informed by the cost of sewer purification processes undertaken by ERWAT.

“Properties which use water for household purposes, including old age homes and hostels, are charged, on a sliding scale, R10.21 per kilolitre for 0 to 6kl per month consumption to a maximum of R31.60 for 46kl or more kilolitre consumption per month.

“Another important point to note is that property owners are liable for the cost of relocation of a meter if the meter becomes inaccessible due to the installation of a fence or wall (as per the Council approved tariffs).

“The same applies for the replacement of a water meter where a water connection exists as well as testing of a water meter for accuracy.”

For more details on the City of Ekurhuleni tariffs applicable from July 1, visit www.ekuhruleni.gov.za.

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