Fresh air could be the cause of high water bills

Wondering why you suddenly have a higher than usual water account?

Penny Swift's experience with high water bills has led her to look into the matter and she discovered we could be paying not just for water but for the air in the water pipes too.

She says a source who worked for the municipality confirmed that this has been the case for decades and consumers were never told about it.

We followed it up and got somebody from the main supply of water metering equipment in South Africa who confirmed that the problem does arise when there's a break in the water supply

Penny Swift, Journalist and founder of Sans 10400 Building regulations

Swift says the old technology used to measure water supply, measures everything that goes through the meter, water as well. This explains the dirty water that gushes through the taps with pressure when there's been a break.

The air is condensed and goes though the pipes and makes the impeller inside the meter spin out of control, depending on how much air is involved it runs up a completely false water reading.

Penny Swift, Journalist and founder of Sans 10400 Building regulations

Swift says she doesn't think this is done deliberately by the municipality, they might be not aware this is the case.

I really don't think they are ripping us off as such, I think most off the individuals in the municipalities don't even realise it.

Penny Swift, Journalist and founder of Sans 10400 Building regulations

Listen to the full conversation below:

Read More
Oldest apple tree found on Table Mountain

Oldest apple tree found on Table Mountain

Tru-Cape's varietal expert, Buks Nel unpacks the history of the oldest apple tree located on Table Mountain.

Team 'Pretty Griddy' could be crowned SA's Braai Master

Team 'Pretty Griddy' could be crowned SA's Braai Master

One of etv's Ultimate Braai Master finalist teams, the Ilgmanns from Somerset West, talk about their 6 weeks in the bush.

New app helps 'citizen scientists' keep track of marine mammals

New app helps 'citizen scientists' keep track of marine mammals

2015 Small Business Awards finalist Dreamweave Digital, created the Seafari tool which is now live and free to download.

Mandela's granddaughter calls for Jacob Zuma to step down

Mandela's granddaughter calls for Jacob Zuma to step down

Ndileka Mandela says it's a blatant "No" when asked if she will be voting for the ANC in the next elections.

ISS questions Hawks credibility over alleged assassination plot

ISS questions Hawks credibility over alleged assassination plot

Hawks arrested a 33-year-old in connection with an alleged coup to assassinate 19 people including Cabinet ministers.

Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

With 13.5 percent of usable water left, Councilor Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about the City's plans.

Popular articles
Scopa could probe Fransman for R9 billion paid to consultants

Scopa could probe Fransman for R9 billion paid to consultants

The payments in question were made between 2005 and 2008 while Fransman was Transport and Public Works MEC.

"I'm no longer going to watch Isidingo"

"I'm no longer going to watch Isidingo"

Will Isidingo lose viewership over it's episode tackling racism?

Oldest apple tree found on Table Mountain

Oldest apple tree found on Table Mountain

Tru-Cape's varietal expert, Buks Nel unpacks the history of the oldest apple tree located on Table Mountain.

[Listen] SA's youngest female PhD grad opens up about her achievement

[Listen] SA's youngest female PhD grad opens up about her achievement

23-year-old North-West University student Musawenkosi Saurombe aces her PhD thesis passing with no amendments.

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

A new lifestyle market is set to open in Sea Point, offering a variety of food, art, fashion and entertainment seven days a week.

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

The husband of missing Charlotte Nikoi has pleaded with public to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts.