South African residents are in for a shock as 2019 comes to an end. Apart from tax increasing as per usual, water bills will also increase.
Water is getting more expensive.
Is it a good or bad thing? Well, some may debate that it’s unethical as water is a basic human right for all humans and must be shared equally.
What about those who can’t afford to pay for increased water bills. Then, there are also residents who argue whether water is, in fact, either a right or a privilege, which seems like one crazy idea altogether.
Yes, water is a privilege in the sense that we must respect it and not take advantage of it, but in that same breath, it’s also something that must be made accessible to everyone.
Thus far, proposals to increase tariffs are set to be in place within the following six months. The cost thereof is predicted to increase dramatically. Currently, the Department of Water and Sanitation is still in the process of seeking legal approval to increase the price of their services, which will relay into water tariffs.
The Reason for Water Tariffs Increasing
Since water scarcity is a major problem in South Africa, it is believed that increasing water tariffs will help the problem by keeping residents from using too much water.
Since Cape Town residents were able to restrict their water-usage and restore their water resources, it is something that is expected from the entire country. This will help restore water scarcity in major areas and cities in the country and will help prevent a future day zero, which is feared to possibly occur again in the future.
The Department of Water and Sanitation is considering increasing tariffs by 16.5% or more.