The Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille on Sunday visited two households which were found to be using water excessively over the past 6 months.
She accompanied the City’s Water Inspectorate to install water management devices to restrict these households from excessive water usage.
According to De Lille the two households were found to be running small businesses from home, a laundromat and and a hair salon.
This is really not fair on other Capetonians who are saving water...— Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town
De Lille says they have so far installed 19 000 of the water management devices to restrict the usage to 350 litres per day.
She says they are planning to install at least 2000 devices weekly to help save more water.
In that way we will be able to bring our water usage down.— Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town
De Lille says she will be proposing to council on Tuesday a drought levy where Capetonians will be asked to make a contribution towards funding some of the water related infrastructure projects.
She says the City needs additional funding for its water augmentation scheme. For properties that are worth more than R2 million, the city is proposing a drought levy of R123 per month.
We will strive as far as we can not to increase it to more than what you paid before the drought and there will be a cover assistance to poor people.— Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town
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