Tariffs for services

Steve Otto, Somerset West

We live in a complex in Somerset West. In, for us, a “good” month, June 2017, we used 5kl water. Our water/sewerage bill totalled R4.20.

In July 2018, with an extra person and some visitors, our usage again was 5kl. This time our bill totalled R311.37,
74 times more and with the next increase already in process.

There must be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in the same boat as us, with the bigger users even a lot worse off.

We understand the municipality needs extra revenue for interventions to ensure future water security.

Therefore we’re not going to organise protest marches, but at the above rate we expect such interventions, preferably large scale desalination, rather quickly.