Cape Townians Water Bills Might Get Less

City of Cape Town might be lowering water tariffs for residents soon due to the rising dam levels. 

Dam levels in the province has increased to 98.2% and is expected to reach 100% after this weekend's rainfall. 

When looking at how much to charge residents for water over the coming summer, dam levels are taken into consideration. 

“The City is reviewing tariffs and water restriction levels in anticipation of the start of the new hydrological year, beginning in November," said Mayco member for water and waste services, Xanthea Limberg.

He explained further that, "Final decisions will be made in consultation with the National Department of Water and Sanitation who will take the lead in planning for the new year, and the other municipalities and irrigation boards with whom the City shares the dams.”

Water tariffs are on the second lowest level at the moment which is lower than it was at the peak of the drought. 

“Lowering of tariffs is being considered, but this should not be at the risk of significant revenue deficit. The lowest tariff level, being the no restriction, water-wise tariff, is currently being considered for implementation. It is slightly lower than current level 1 tariffs," said Limberg.

Many Cape Townians have said that they can't afford these high prices for water, especially during lockdown.

Some residents have even received letter saying their water will be cut off due to not being able to pay.

Just two years ago, Cape Town saw day zero and many are marvelling at the progression in dam levels the province has seen. 

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