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WC considers increasing water tariffs

MEC Anton Bredell says no restrictions have been imposed for now, but consumers should use water sparingly.

FILE: This is one of the short-term measures the provincial government is considering, to try and ensure residents use water more responsibly. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says an increase in water tariffs may be implemented.

This is one of the short-term measures the provincial government is considering to try and ensure residents use water more responsibly.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell says no restrictions have been imposed for now.

"All our municipalities are very worried, they will communicate to the public, but we've made provision within our budget system for stepping tariffs. That means you will pay more as you use more water."

JOHANNESBURG

The City of Johannesburg has meanwhile implemented level two water restrictions after saying last week that restrictions weren't needed yet.

Consumers and businesses are urged to use water sparingly.

The city says it received an urgent notice from Rand Water to start implementing control measures for water use, as reservoir levels were dropping.

One of Rand Water's largest reservoirs has run completely dry, prompting the implementation of restrictions in Johannesburg.

While the city has been pleading for responsible water use, it says restricted consumption is now critical.

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LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

  • Residents may not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm or fill up their swimming pools.

  • Hose pipes may also not be used to wash cars or paved areas.

  • Although water will still be available around the clock, pressure in the city's taps will be reduced.

  • If the situation worsens, more restrictions will be imposed, including supply cuts.