Cape Town residents pour cold water on proposed drought levy

In a public participation process, the City of Cape Town received more than 60,000 comments on the drought tax.

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CAPE TOWN - Capetonians have poured cold water on a proposed drought levy. In a public participation process, the City of Cape Town received more than 60,000 comments on the drought tax.

And most have given the thumbs down to the plan, calling it unfair.

At a meeting of the city council on Friday, the proposal is expected to be officially scrapped.

Day zero looms large, yet most Cape Town residents are not bothering to cut their water consumption.

“And it’s quite unbelievable that the majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards their zero. At this point, we must assume that they will not change their behaviour.”

The City of Cape Town will implement level 6B water restrictions from 1 February - this means daily consumption per person per household has been cut to 50 litres.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says that more than 60% of Cape Town residents are not saving water.

Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed most Capetonians still exceed the daily limit of 87 litres of water per person per day and soon that could cost them and that council will vote to introduce Level 6B water restrictions which will reduce the target to 50 litres per day.  This is what 50 litres per day means.