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Dept to kick off water tariff consultations in NC

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Consultations will be held in Kimberley and Upington this coming week to determine bulk raw water tariffs for the 2022/23 financial year.

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CONSULTATIONS will be held in Kimberley and Upington this coming week to determine bulk raw water tariffs for the 2022/23 financial year.

The director for institutional establishment at the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Northern Cape, Tenda Rasikhanya, said two stakeholder engagement meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

“We are meeting with stakeholders at the Desert Palace in Upington on July 20 and at the Kimberley Garden Court in Kimberley on July 21,” said Rasikhanya.

“Supplying water to all people at an acceptable level of assurance and quality, costs money, both in terms of capital investment in infrastructure and the operation and maintenance associated with water treatment, bulk water distribution and reticulation in human settlements.”

In terms of the National Water Act of 1998, the department is required to establish an annual raw water pricing strategy after consulting widely with different water users, including mines, industries, agriculture, energy and domestic users.

The act states that the Minister of Water and Sanitation is required to establish a pricing for raw water charges.

Rasikhanya added that the tariffs were calculated according to user pay, polluter pay, ecological sustainability, differentiated charges, accountability and governance.

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