Replacing old water pipes, upgrading infrastructure for water treatment plants and planning and implementing water saving projects will be some of the major expenditures for the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department in the 2010/2011 financial year.  As a result, tariffs for water and sanitation will increase to cover the costs of water and sanitation during the 2010/11 financial year.

As from 1 July 2010, the public be paying on average 10% more for general water tariffs, including the Bulk Water tariff. The domestic water tariffs will, however, be increased by 9%, for all the different step-tariffs. A similar 10% increase will be implemented for the sanitation tariffs, with the exception of the domestic tariffs which will increase by 9% and the Domestic Cluster Category, where no increase will be effected.  

Customers must also note that certain changes in the tariff structures are necessitated by the City’s growth and water consumption patterns, which in turn impact the amount of cross-subsidisation needed from the ‘high’ water users to ‘low’ water users.  The free water component (6 kℓ water per month for all customers and an extra 4,5 kℓ for indigent customers) remains unchanged.

Other changes to the tariffs for water and sanitation include the introduction of a punitive monthly surcharge factor on industrial effluent discharges that have a pH balance and metal content that exceeds the limits set in the sanitation by-law.

Domestic Water Tariffs (incl. VAT)
  2009/10 2010/11 % Increase
Step 1 (unchanged): 0 – 6 kℓ R0.00 R0.00
Step 2 (current): 6 – 12 kℓ R4.17    
Step 2 (new): 6 – 10,5 kℓ   R4.55 9%
Step 3 (current): 12 – 20 kℓ R8.90    
Step 3 (new): 10,5 – 20 kℓ   R9.70 9%
Step 4 (current): 20 – 40 kℓ R13.19    
Step 4 (new): 20 – 35 kℓ   R14.38 9%
Step 5 (current): 40 – 50 kℓ R16.29    
Step 5 (new): 35 – 50 kℓ   R17.76 9%
Step 6: Above 50 kℓ R21.49 R23.42 9%
Domestic cluster: Volume used      
Step 1: 0 – 6 kℓ R0.00 R0.00
Step 2: Above 6 kℓ R8.93 R9.83 10%


Domestic Sanitation Tariffs (incl. VAT)
  2009/10 2010/11 % Increase
Step 1 (unchanged): 0 – 4,2 kℓ R0.00 R0.00
Step 2 (current): 4,2 – 8,4 kℓ R4.89    
Step 2 (new): 4,2 – 7,35 kℓ   R5.32 9%
Step 3 (current): 8,4 – 14 kℓ R10.40    
Step 3 (new): 7,35 – 14 kℓ   R11.33 9%
Step 4 (current): 14 – 28 kℓ R11.37    
Step 4 (new): 14 – 24,5 kℓ   R12.39 9%
Step 5 (current): 28 – 35 kℓ R11.92    
Step 5 (new): 24,5 – 35 kℓ   R13.01 9%
Domestic cluster: Volume used      
Step 1 (unchanged): 0 – 4,2 kℓ R0.00 R0.00
Step 2: Above 4,2 kℓ R11.00 R11.00 0%


 The budget for water and sanitation is spent on – essential operational requirements (including informal settlements), water saving projects and maintenance of existing infrastructure.

Allowance is made on the capital budget to address the need for:

 Upgrading of existing infrastructure:  The City is pro-actively replacing portions of aging water pipes in its 11 500 km pipe network to reduce the amount of pipe bursts, and is also doing the same for the 9 000 km sewer pipe network. Approximately R307 million of the capital budget will be spent on the upgrading of water and sanitation infrastructure in the 2010/2011 financial year.

New facilities and extensions to infrastructure: This is needed to address the capacity issues related to growth in the municipal area. Major projects include the R285 million upgrade of the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Plant and the construction of a new R150 million Fisantekraal wastewater treatment facility, which will be completed in the 2010/11 financial year. Together these plants will treat wastewater from approximately 140 000 homes.

Investment in bulk water infrastructure: This will ensure water security via the Bulk Water Augmentation Scheme which will also harness the full potential of the recently constructed Berg River Dam.

Slightly abbreviated Media Release from CITY OF CAPE TOWN 22 JUNE 2010

Media enquiries: Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town                                                and Mayoral Committee Member for Finance.  Tel: 021 400 1306       Cell: 083 306 6730