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Water cost to rise 38% to fund dam

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 25 May 2011

Millions of KwaZulu-Natal residents, including the whole of Durban, will pay at least 38 percent more for their water from July 1.

The entire cost of Spring Grove Dam will be recouped from consumers

More than 84 percent of the tariff goes to funding the Spring Grove Dam, which the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority started building this year.

Parliament heard that Umgeni water board’s tariff increase was only 6 percent – with 32 percent going to the funding of the dam.

Mohamed Vawda, director of water resource financing and pricing for the department of water affairs, said the R2 billion dam was a “full cost recovery project”.

The entire cost of the dam will be recouped from the consumers.

In the rest of the country, where municipalities get their water from water boards, prices will increase by between 6 and 20 percent from July 1.

Poor communities of Botshelo, Bela Bela, Rustenburg and Wallmanstal who get water through the Magalies water board, face huge increases of between 16 and 28 percent.

Meanwhile, Rand Water Board is increasing its tariffs by 12,9 percent.

Source: Sowetan

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