Pensioners and mothers who have received excessive water bills gathered at the Civic Centre on Thursday to air their grievances with ward councillor Angus McKenzie, and said their climbing bills were draining their pensions and income, and needed to be addressed.
The spike in bills comes days before the water tariff increase of approximately 10.10% takes effect on July 1.
“Everyone can’t have leakages on their property, as it’s more than half of Bonteheuwel who are experiencing increased water (charges),” said resident Faldiela Abrahams. “All these ladies here have problems. First of July the tariff is going up again. What’s going to happen to us, what happens when they don’t find leakages, who is liable to pay that money?”
Margaret Mackay, 58, whose bill came in at R110 044, despite having a new smart water management device fitted in January, received a disconnection warning and was told by staff at the Civic Centre that she should have her Sassa money diverted to her municipal account to pay her bills.