Have your say on the drought water tariff

Add your name or send a comment directly to the City of Cape Town on the drought water tariff

SUCCESS! Due to massive public participation, the City has decided to not implement the drought water tariff. Well done Cape Town citizens – your participation made this possible. Please participate in the extremely important by-law amendment bill.

55,367 comments sent.

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The City of Cape Town provided us with an opportunity to have a say on the proposed drought water tariff to be added to your monthly bill. Please use the form below to add your name and comment. If you have a suggestion for the city on funding or wasteful expenditure, let them know.

Should you be at a loss for words, view live input to the city below the form. Feel free to copy and paste into the message area provided. Closing date was 15 January 2018. 

 

OUR INPUT

The City of Cape Town has suffered revenue losses due to valiant water conservation efforts by us as concerned residents. Adding a punitive drought charge onto our monthly bills to recover monetary losses is counterproductive and, quite frankly, a slap in the face for us all. Forcefully restricting water usage will give rise to an increase in cartel-like water syndicates and quite possibly promote corruption within the existing administration.

Instead of biting the hand that feeds by punishing Cape Town residents, the City should focus its energy and efforts on prioritising their operations and cutting down on unnecessary expenses.

The city has not shown adequate evidence of attempts to seek alternative revenue from sources other than the residents of Cape Town.

We have recently been subjected to stiff water tariff increases along with the R400 000 property value cutoff which resulted in a 74% electricity tariff hike for 100,000 households.

No affordability study has been conducted amongst Cape Town residents which has resulted in a hasty and poorly researched solution.

Why not make use of revenue provided for the installation of restrictive water meters – currently rolling out 2000 per week at R4 732 each?

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING (PETITION AND PARTICIPATION)

The City has provided an email address for the public to send comments up until 12 January 2018. Our web form allows you to send an email directly to the City and to ensure they receive all comments, we will again deliver all the comments made via this site, to the city in a self contained digital file.

Should the city provide for oral comments and submissions, we will make a representation and hand deliver all petition comments and signatures as part of our presentation.

WHY

The City of Cape Town claims to have suffered revenue losses due to valiant water conservation efforts by us as concerned residents. Adding a punitive drought charge onto our monthly bills to recover monetary losses is counterproductive and, quite frankly, a slap in the face for us all. Forcefully restricting water usage will give rise to an increase in cartel-like water syndicates and quite possibly promote corruption within the existing administration.

Instead of biting the hand that feeds by punishing Cape Town residents, the City should focus its energy and efforts on prioritising their operations and cutting down on unnecessary expenses.

The city has not shown adequate evidence of attempts to seek alternative revenue from sources other than the residents of Cape Town.

We have recently been subjected to stiff water tariff increases along with the R400 000 property value cutoff which resulted in a 74% electricity tariff hike for 100,000 households.

No affordability study has been conducted amongst Cape Town residents which has resulted in a hasty and poorly researched solution.

Why not make use of revenue provided for the installation of restrictive water meters – currently rolling out 2000 per week at R4 732 each?

We say NO to the proposed drought levy.