[LISTEN] City says undetected leaks the reason for high water bills, not meters

There have been complaints over high water bills amounting to R300 000 from Cape Town residents who have attributed this to faulty water meters installed by the City to curb water usage.

Director of Water and Sanitation at City of Cape Town, Peter Flower, rubbished the fact that faulty meters are causing these high water bills.

He says the City bills about 650 000 meters a month and if this was the case there would be far more households who are complaining about the same problem.

Read: Can the CoCT afford to relax water restrictions this winter?

The fact that there are few, is indicative of the fact that with the high tariffs, if you get a big leak and you don't pick it up and get a high consumption for the month, because of the stretch that goes very rapidly in terms of rand value, they step up very rapidly to force people to stay down.

Peter Flower, Director of Water and Sanitation at City of Cape Town

In the past if you had a leak it might have caused you R10 000 and now it will cost you about R80 000. I will certainly dispute the fact that the City's water meters are problematic...

Peter Flower, Director of Water and Sanitation at City of Cape Town

Flower says many people do not realise that they have leaks which could be the explanation to this high bills.

He also spoke of other incidents where people had been billed higher amounts for leaks which were not realised on their properties.

To hear the rest of the interview with Peter Flower, listen below:


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