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CT household water bills rise despite plea to save water

With dam levels currently at under 40%, it is highly likely that the city will have no choice but to intensify water restrictions.

Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – The overall water bill for Cape Town households has increased by more than R250 million over the last 12 months despite calls to save water.

This was revealed by Mayor Patricia de Lille during a council meeting on Thursday.

Councillors are expected to vote on the mayoral committee’s proposal to implement tougher water restrictions as dam levels continue to plummet.

De Lille has told councillors that the municipality has identified 20,000 households who continue to ignore water restrictions.

She says this has caused a sharp increase in water usage, resulting in R254 million in water bills.

With dam levels currently at under 40%, it is highly likely that the city will have no choice but to intensify water restrictions.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)