With South Africa experiencing a water deficit of 38 billion cubic metres annually, and needing an additional R30-billion a year to bridge the gap in water services infrastructure, the situation is a daily living nightmare for thousands of people. The country's emergency Plan B - underground water reservoirs - is in danger of rapidly evaporating.
Theft of water from outside household taps is rife, with residents able to take a bath only once a week. Guesthouse owners have removed baths from rooms; municipal swimming pool employees now work in libraries.
My aim is to serve the people atleast some clean drinking water.
18 Jan 2018, Cape Town: Cape Town firmly pushed the drought panic button on Thursday.
Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city council was replacing its unpopular proposed drought levy with higher tariffs and a punitive charge for anyone who used more than 50l of water a day.
The new 50l limit will be backed up by a city-wide consumption target of 450-million litres a day. De Lille told a news conference: "We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them."
Households that use up to 6‚000l of water a month‚ currently paying R28.44‚ will see their bill rise to R145.98. For those who use up to 10‚500l‚ the bill will rise from R109.50 to R390.82.
18 Jan 2018, Cape Town: Cape Town firmly pushed the drought panic button on Thursday.Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city council was replacing its unpopular proposed drought levy with higher tariffs and a punitive charge for anyone who used more th…