Added to residents’ water woes are the electricity surcharge of R150 that is being charged for homeowners with property values in excess of R1million.
Rolene Liebenberg, a resident of Meadowridge, near Constantia, said she received a bill of R16000 in May.
“I am one of those citizens in a single household. I provided proof to the City of Cape Town of my water consumption trend from January 2017, in which I brought my monthly consumption down from 12Kl per month to 3Kl per month. I received a water bill of R16000 in May for 43Kl, which is not consistent with my aim to bring down consumption,” she said.
“I too queried whether prior readings were 'actual’, as reflected in my past account statements and whether the sudden random taking of readings and photographs is not bringing to the fore errors in readings way back. But it’s simply not possible that a one member household with a low consumption can suddenly be issued a R16000 bill,” Liebenberg said.