Good news on Water Restriction Tariffs

The TWK municipality had a Special Council Meeting yesterday to debate the Water Tariff Structure, after many complaints about the implications of the adopted Tariff Structure for water usage during times of Water Restrictions.

The TWK municipality had a Special Council Meeting yesterday to debate the Water Tariff Structure, after many complaints about the implications of the adopted Tariff Structure for water usage during times of Water Restrictions.

Submissions from concerned stakeholders had been received by TWK after the announcement of the “double” water tariff. The Ward 2 Forum made a comprehensive submission, Tariff proposals and motivation during a meeting with TWKM last week, on behalf of its members in the TWK Ward 2. This submission was based on the research done by our team on the implication of the unilateral doubling of rates for water usage. It was found that the proposed rate would have little to no effect on the objective of saving water and would only really affect the lower income and the business sector.

It is thus with a measure of relief that we are able to announce the new and amended Water Tariffs as adopted by the TWKM Council yesterday morning.

In short:

The restricted domestic water tariff for consumption

  • 0 -6 kl be restored to R 4.74 (Excl. VAT, which is the old tariff)
  • 7 – 15 kl will be increased to R 8.55
  • > 15 kl will be double as per the previous tariff notice

Full Tariff prices will be available on our website in due course.

The business water tariff will be subject to an application for potential exemption from the higher rates. Each application will be reviewed on merit. The required form for this application is being obtained from TWKM and the Ward 2 Forum will ensure these are available to businesses that wish to apply for the exemption.

The Ward 2 Forum team will endeavour to keep you informed on any further developments in respect of the Water Tariff Structure. We believe that there are still aspects of this policy that still need to be questioned and hopefully corrected. We also wish to congratulate our Mayor and her team for the leadership shown in the way they tackled this problem through a process of Public Participation.

For additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Ward 2 Forum.

The Ward 2 Forum Team

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One thought on “Good news on Water Restriction Tariffs”

  1. I left a reply/comment a couple of weeks ago but received zero response!
    Our water meter was read on the 5th December 2016 and again on the 11th January 2017. This computed to a consumption of 19,000 litres for 36 days [should be 30.4 days] and I was nailed for the punitive charge for consumption over 15,000 litres. When I pointed out to Charlene that this was unfair, she amended our account because previous and following readings were < 12,000 litres. We have paid for all the water but at a lower average tariff. Kudos to Charlene for her common sense attitude and gracious service.

    Just another little "niggle":
    According to the tariff book there are no published tariffs applicable for the following ranges of water consumption:
    6001-6999 litres
    15001-15999 litres
    30001 -30999 litres
    [See section 17 in the TWK tariff list]

    This is obviously a silly error but it should be rectified.
    Thanks,
    Dave

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