DEAR CAPE TOWN – Future Water Institute says that the levy could have the opposite effect of discouraging those who are already saving the city a lot of water.
An unpopular decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led council that has opposition parties and residents up in arms, the Future Water Institute says that levying households based on their property value is unfair.
The institute’s Kevin Winter says that this method of calculating the charge, assumes that large property owners are the ones not adhering to the restrictions.
In fact, he says it’s many of these property owners who have been saving and storing large volumes of water on their property.
If approved by Treasury, the drought charge could be levied as early as February.