With effect from the 1st of May, 2012 a standard plot connection charge of P1500 for all customers within a distance up to 50 meters will apply, Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has revealed.
Beyond the 50m length, customers will pay an extra P27 per metre. This will only apply to areas where land has been serviced as the Ministry of Lands is still expected to do land servicing, revealed Godfrey Mudanga, the WUC CEO.
In addition, Mudanga announced that water tariffs have been increased by 10 percent with government support of P400 million for the year 2012/2013. The adjustment will be effective from 1st of May 2012. There will be no change in consumption of 5000 litres or less, and the minimum charge has been set at P10.
Mudanga said the tariff adjustments will be applicable to the remaining Department of Water Affairs and Local Authorities villages, which are yet to be taken over by the Water Utilities Corporation.
“The proposed tariff adjustment is a step towards cost reflective tariffs, which will be achieved in phases over the next few years,” he said.
He also revealed that it is the government’s intention to phase out all public standpipes in the foreseeable future but before this can happen everyone will have access to water. Gaborone City Council is to phase out public standpipes in Old Naledi by 2012, whilst Lobatse Town Council has already started the process in Peleng Township.
“Before public standpipes can be phased out, WUC will ensure the available public standpipes are fitted with the prepaid mechanism and water tokens will be sold accordingly,” he said.
The destitute will get their water tokens and or have their connections and consumption paid for by the Ministry of Local Government.
Further, Mudanga said the Reforms Programme is on schedule and, with the mitigation factors in place, the teething problem will be gradually addressed. However, considering the complexities involved in the water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater management processes, he has appealed for public support to deliver satisfactory service.
“Everyone has a role to play, from water conservation to proper use of the sewage network to avoid blockages and overflow of sewage,” he said.