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APRIL 2011

Page 5

EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR: INFRASTRUCTURE & PLANNING IN HERMANUS

“During the preparation of the 2010/11 budget, the municipality reviewed the tariffs for water services (water supply and sanitation). The intention was to align the tariffs with the national regulations proclaimed under section 10 of the Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997).

Taking these regulations into account, the municipality decided to base the new tariff structure for sanitation on the following principals:

The tariffs must support the viability and sustainability of sanitation services to the poor.

The tariffs must be equitable. As far as possible, all users must pay the same basic tariff to cover the fixed cost of providing the service. It also simplifies the tariff

structure.

The tariffs must be fair. Users that produce more sewage must also pay more. Therefore, a volumetric component was added to the tariff.

The tariffs must discourage usage practices that may degrade the natural environment.

The tariffs must not discriminate against permanent resident.

The tariff structure must allow the municipality to progressively roll out the necessary infrastructure to provide a sustainable service to all.

Therefore, based on the above, the municipality approved the following tariff structure for 2010/11:

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Basic charge (R per unit per month)

Rate (incl VAT)

1

Low cost housing developments Single quarters

Developed sites with septic tanks Undeveloped sites not able to connect to sewer network

R

54.00

2 All other users not covered by 1 or 3 3 Undeveloped sites able to connect to sewer network

R 79.80 R 170.00

Volumentric charge (R per kl based on % of water use)

1 All users (based on different % returns per user class) Infrastructure expansion and upgrade charges

R

8.55

1 All users

R

26.10

The Department of Water Affairs and the municipality do not regard the use of a septic tank with a soak-away as an environmentally sustainable sanitation system in an urban area. These systems perform well in rural areas where the density of dwelling units is low, provided that they are not close to surface or groundwater sources. The effluent from a septic tank is not safe for direct discharge. The septic tank only partially treats the raw sewage and it is the function of the absorption field (soak-away) to provide final treatment and disposal of the effluent. In an urban environment where the units are close together, the cumulative effect makes it

unsustainable in the long term.

The following applies: The old tariff of R12.50 per month was not sustainable. The septic tank and soak- away system is not sustainable in an urban environment. The municipality is in the process of progressively rolling out infrastructure throughout the municipal area. The tariff structure is used to fund this infra- structure upgrade and expansion. Densely developed areas are given priority. At present the priorities are as follows: Hermanus (parts of Fernkloof and Westcliff) Kleinmond (started) Stanford (started) Hawston (1 remaining area) Gansbaai (started) Pringle Bay Betty's Bay Fisherhaven (bulk service available) Rooi Els Kleinbaai Franskraal Pearly Beach Danger Point

Fresh water pearls for sale We also do stringing and restringing of pearls

  • ………

    .. Municipality is

confident that the new tariff structure now complies with national regulations and that it is more equitable, fair and sustainable”

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