The City of Cape Town will not be reducing its water tariffs, despite its dams being more than 90% full. A reduction in tariffs would be dependent on an increase in consumption.
Mayoral committee member for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg, told news24.com: "Currently, the City is selling approximately 30% less water than before the drought, but is facing additional costs that come with increasing our resilience. It is important that the City cover its costs to ensure that the maintenance and augmentation programmes can be carried out.”
“Should the amount of water we are selling significantly increase, this will be factored into the tariffs, but given the uncertain impact of climate change, it may not be wise to actively encourage such an approach at this stage."
According to the most recent figures, dams supplying the metro were at a total capacity of 90.7%, up by 2.7% from the previous week.