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New water restriction tariffs hit Cape Town: what you need to know

noxibox

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Day Zero disappeared as quickly as it arose because it was far from inevitable.
But it was being presented as inevitable.

The only way to get the money to fund these projects, he reasons, is through tariff increases.
Maybe so, but they have already increased tariffs in the region of 500%. That is why people are angry about another the 26% increase on top this. It means the cost of water has gone up by in excess of 600% this year. Plus they want to add fixed charges to further penalise people.

They're also increasing electricity prices above inflation and wanting to introduce a fixed charge as well. It should be no surprise people are upset.
 

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But it was being presented as inevitable.
It was presented as inevitable, in the same way a parent tells a child "don't run with scissors or you will poke your eyes out!"

Whether this kind of paternalism was a good PR strategy, is highly debatable, but it did grab people's attention...
 
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13 APRIL 2018


MEDIA ADVISORY


Unplanned maintenance shutdown of water supply in Mfuleni area


The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be doing urgent repairs on the pressure reduction valves located in Ikwelera and Umzumbe Streets on the main water supply lines to the Mfuleni area.


This necessitates the shutting down of the water supply to the entire Mfuleni area which will allow the maintenance crew to do the necessary repairs.


The water supply will be shut off from 09:00 until 18:00 on Monday 16 April 2018. The City regrets any inconvenience caused. However, this is necessary maintenance to ensure reliable water provision. We will do all we can to minimise the impact of this disruption.


Residents are requested to ensure that their taps are closed during this period to avoid water losses and potential damage when the water supply is restored. Please only keep up to 10 litres of water for essential usage if required. Residents living in the affected areas are urged not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water.


Water tankers will be available to provide water to residents for domestic consumption where required.


In the interest of public safety, sites where repairs and maintenance are conducted are regarded as construction sites and are off limits to members of the public.



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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town


Media enquiries: Farouk Robertson, Communication Officer: Water and Sanitation Management Department, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 9873 or Cell: 084 307 2001.
 

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But it was being presented as inevitable.


Maybe so, but they have already increased tariffs in the region of 500%. That is why people are angry about another the 26% increase on top this. It means the cost of water has gone up by in excess of 600% this year. Plus they want to add fixed charges to further penalise people.

They're also increasing electricity prices above inflation and wanting to introduce a fixed charge as well. It should be no surprise people are upset.
between the drought and the new tariffs gardens are dead, or near dead and people aren't going to water them = loss in value on your property but will the evaluations drop?

the basic tariffs are to have their cake and eat it - tariffs go up so people use less and their income goes down - you'd think that this would be a no brainer to cap tariffs at a rate that people still use enough water so that every one is happy - but no.

I'm guessing (without looking) the 'drought' tariffs aren't going away any time soon? If so, what a shocker. I think I predicted that happening. Yeah pretty sure I said that the DA money-sucking scum wouldn't let go of that money.
 
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I'm guessing (without looking) the 'drought' tariffs aren't going away any time soon? If so, what a shocker. I think I predicted that happening. Yeah pretty sure I said that the DA money-sucking scum wouldn't let go of that money.
You're claiming victory on drought tariffs not going away soon when the drought has no end in sight? The logic fail is monumentous
 

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#EveryDropCounts: #DeLille lashes City team over budget underspend

Sounds fishy to me, I get the impression that the underspend is from projects not completed in regards to water augmentation and the Mayor gaining some noddy points for lashing out about the proposed tariff increases which are not going to happen anyway. Perhaps she thinks that she will get a noddy badge for not allowing the out of kilter tariff in regards to inflation and what people can actually afford in this forever spiral of simply trying to live under the burden of Government induced inflation.
Under Level 6 Water Restrictions the tariff is ludicrously high already, the gap between the actual cost per kl vs tariff charged under anything from Level 4 Water Restrictions and above is so out of touch with any form of inflation rate in South Africa.

A local businessman and I were chatting about the electricity, water and sewerage tariffs recently and his comment was simply that they (The City) are better at business than us. No surprise for an organisation with a Multi Billion Rand budget, they can employ skilled accountants and financial gurus to propose tariffs so The City of Cape Town can skim on the tariffs into perpetuity, just enough so they don't mess with the poor (indigent tariffs) people and just enough to squeeze more out of the middle and upper class people and hopefully not rock the boat too much and retain the majority of votes.
 
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It was presented as inevitable, in the same way a parent tells a child "don't run with scissors or you will poke your eyes out!"

Whether this kind of paternalism was a good PR strategy, is highly debatable, but it did grab people's attention...
That was perhaps the way it was presented earlier in the summer. By midsummer they were saying it was definitely going to happen. They were specifically stating it had become unavoidable and that all people could do was prevent it from happening sooner. It was not a question of if it was going to happen, but when.
 

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That was perhaps the way it was presented earlier in the summer. By midsummer they were saying it was definitely going to happen. They were specifically stating it had become unavoidable and that all people could do was prevent it from happening sooner. It was not a question of if it was going to happen, but when.
They were 'economical with the truth' about the reality of the water crisis. When has that not been true of a politician?
 

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16 APRIL 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

Planned zone pressure testing continues across the metro

The City of Cape Town is continuing its zone pressure testing across the metro. This could lead to intermittent supply disruptions. It forms part of our drought intervention efforts. Read more below:

The City continues to roll out zone pressure testing across the metro in its effort to provide a reliable water supply service to the residents of Cape Town and to reduce water usage during the drought.

Affected areas Date Time and duration
Sunningdale Zone: Sunningdale, Bloubergstrand, Table View, Parklands, Big Bay and Flamingo Vlei Area. It is bounded by Big Bay Boulevard to the north, Killarney Gardens and Dunoon to the east, Otto Du Plessis Drive to the west and Racecourse Road to the south. Tuesday 17 April 2018 Between 20:00 and 02:00
Woodstock and Salt River areas which are bounded by Strand Road to the north, Nelson Road to the west, Albert Road and Liesbeek Parkway to the east and Alma Road to the south. Tuesday 17 April 2018 Between 20:00 and 04:00.
Bellville South Zone which is the Bellville Area. It is bounded by Hoffman and Uranium Street to the north, Peter Barlow Drive to the east, Modderdam Road to the west and Robert Sobukwe Road to the south. Thursday 19 April 2018 Between 20:00 and 02:00.
Cape Town CBD, Gardens and Zonnebloem areas which are bounded by the Strand and Hans Strijdom Roads to the north, Buitenkant Street to the west, Barron Street to the east and Constitution and Wesley Roads to the south. Thursday 19 April 2018 Between 20:00 and 04:00.

At all times careful consideration will be given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected areas.

Please keep only up to 10 litres of water for essential usage if required however, residents living in the affected areas are urged not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water. This is because if there are any significant service interruptions, they are not expected to be in effect for long periods. Please also keep taps closed to prevent water damage in the event of a disruption and water being restored after a disruption.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused. However, these are part of our efforts to keep Day Zero away.


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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Farouk Robertson, Communication Officer: Water and Sanitation Management Department, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 9873 or Cell: 084 307 2001.
 

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16 APRIL 2018


STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON


Water usage spikes by 5% to 542 million litres per day


As at today, Monday 16 April 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 542 million litres of water per day. This is up from an average of 516 million litres last week. Dam levels have declined a further 0,5% to 20,9% . Read more below:


The fall in dam levels can be attributed to environmental influences such as higher temperature and evaporation, as well as an increase in usage by customers. Thus far April has been relatively warm, mimicking the climate patterns of March. High temperatures were experienced last week, as well as high winds in the catchment areas.


Although the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day, there may be some whose usage still fluctuate according to the weather.


We need to reduce our total consumption to 450 million litres per day to keep within the allocation provided to the City by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This requires individuals to use no more than 50 litres per person per day. We must achieve this target to stretch the available water supplies as far as possible into the winter months and through the remainder of the year.


We have made great progress so far, but we are not yet out of the woods. We must continue to keep our usage as low as possible.


Although the winter months will likely bring more rain, we cannot estimate how much rain we will have, or count on it having a significant impact on our dam levels. The City will therefore continue its drought interventions, including pressure management, accelerated leak repair, Level 6b restrictions and tariffs to deter high water usage, as long as needed to see us through the drought.


We encourage all of our water users who are living the #50LitreLife to show their commitment to saving our precious water by getting a free profile picture at http://bit.ly/2IzvM2t


Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.



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For English: https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/dashboard-16-april-ian-neilson-english


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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town


Media enquiries: Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1306 or Cell: 083 306 6730, Email: ian.neilson@capetown.gov.za (please always cc media@capetown.gov.za).
 

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Dams at 20.9%, drops 0.5% a week.
Usage at 542ML/day, target is 450 ML/day.

We're going to be under 20% in two weeks. That's only 6.5% from day zero. April has been dry so far so it's starting to look like a dry winter ahead.
 

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Not just Cape Town facing Day Zero: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...ff-saldanhas-day-zero-in-7-days-time-20180417

The government will release water from the Berg River Dam into the Misverstand Dam as a lifeline to Saldanha, whose water supply will run out in seven days.

While Cape Town's Day Zero has been pushed into 2019, Saldanha, the centre of one of the country's industrial development zones, has enough water in the Misverstand supply dam to last only until April 24, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti said at a briefing on Tuesday.
The water will be released on Wednesday afternoon and will take seven days to reach Misverstand Dam, 138km from the Berg River Dam.

Nkwinti said there was a risk of local flooding from the release, and all municipalities along the Berg River had their disaster management teams on alert.
The amount of water taken from the Berg River would mean a drop of about 0.4% in the dams that supply Cape Town.
 

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Misverstand is an overflow dam in the flow of the river. Next to it is club Elani where plenty of well off folk keep their speed boats. In the past 4 years of visiting Misverstand I have never seen it not flowing... If the flow is indeed so weak they need to release water then it is quite worrying.

Misverstand dam
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We have a holiday house in Dwarskersbos and it is supplied by this dam, did not realise the problem was so serious on the West Coast.
 
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