Gauteng and NW Province

Water prices set to increase

Friday 26 October 2012
SABC

UMngeni Water says consumers can expect to pay more for their water next year.

The state-owned public entity has presented its annual report for the 2011-2012 financial year in Durban.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cyril Gamede says that the provision of clean water to rural areas remains a challenge.

UMngeni Water supplies bulk water to six municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. They, in turn, supply this to approximately 500 million customers. The eThekwini Municipality makes up the majority of this number.

Gamede says issues of energy efficiency and rural development have been key focus areas in the last year.

He says that they have decided to make sure that they will develop regional bulk water supply which will improve the surety of supply to the rural areas.

“It is quite an expensive programme but will prove to be a better solution in the long run,” added Gamede.

The company says there will be an increase in the price of water next year but that it is mindful of the economic situation in the country.

“All the costs are increasing, but we will be mindful. We must also realise that we are expected to put water infrastructure to operate in the rural areas,” says Gamede.

UMngeni Water says it will undertake a massive upgrade of water plants in some parts of the country.

The organisation says a desalination feasibility study is being conducted to check if sea water can be used for drinking purposes. The results of the study are expected next year.

In the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, uMngeni Water generated a revenue increase of 11% to R1.8 billion.

SABC

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