City Council Rejects Claims That Water Management Devices Restrict Supply
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS
THE City of Cape Town has rejected reports that its water management devices were faulty and said leaks or tampering caused most problems reported.
Farouk Robertson of the city's water and sanitation department said the council receives complaints "on a daily basis" from residents who claim the device is faulty. But often the problem was caused by the exhaustion of the daily water allocation or leaks that have not been fixed properly.
"It is only a small minority of cases that are due to a faulty device."
The Coalition against Water Privatisation that works with the Anti-eviction Campaign said it had confirmed many of the complaints being made about the water management devices being faulty. The coalition's Dale McKinley said the devices were a cover-up for pre-paid meters that restricted water use for poor consumers.
The city has installed nearly 31 000 water management devices, exceeding the target of 20 000 set last year.
There are 5 428 devices in Delft, 4 622 in Atlantis and 4 259 in Philippi. …