No more free water for non-indigents, high-value property owners

Non-indigent households will no longer receive free water.

The annual municipal tariff increases took effect from July 1.

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

Therefore, residents who are not registered indigents, and whose property value exceeds R750 000, will notice from their monthly statements that they are being charged for all consumed water and sanitation.

To accommodate more 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 recently, MMC for Finance and Economic Development Clr Doctor Xhakaza said although the metro had 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.

The water tariff 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.

 

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Sanitation tariffs 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 to 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 tariffs visit www.ekuhruleni.gov.za.

 

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