#WaterWatch

What does the law say about selling water?

The City of Cape Town is fast running out of water, with only enough to last the city until March next year.

Some people are seeing business opportunities, they have started selling non-potable water to households - transporting the water in big tankers.

An advert shows a company that sells water at between R2 000 for 4 000 litres and R6800 for 18 000 litres.

CapeTalks kieno Kammies speaks to Environmental Law expert at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Terry Winstanley to find out the legalities around the selling of water.

What people need to understand is that you can only sell something that you own and nobody owns water. Water is held entrust by the state for all of us and use rights are allocated...

Terry Winstanley, Head of the Environmental Law Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Winstanley also spoke about the current water restrictions by national government on September 28 which requires people to reduce their use of water by 20-40% for industrial and agricultural use.

She says the process the national government has adopted is problematic in that they are various processes that needs to be implemented prior the announcements which includes public consultations.

There are factors which needs to be taken into account before you determine how those restrictions needs to be imposed.

Terry Winstanley, Head of the Environmental Law Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

If you haven't spoken to people you couldn't have taken to account those factors...

Terry Winstanley, Head of the Environmental Law Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:

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