Talks are under way to stop providing 6000litres of water a month free to residents deemed able to pay for all the water they consume.
Since 2001 the government has been allocating free basic water to white and black consumers indiscriminately.
But this might come to an end if proposals on the table are made law.
For an average household with a monthly water bill of R919, factoring in the cost of the 6kl into the equation – at the lowest tariff category – will add about R150 to the bill.
William Moraka, director of water services at the SA Local Government Association, confirmed yesterday that talks on the issue had begun.
Salga’s proposal is that the net increase per household would depend on how tariffs are to be structured.
White ratepayers will probably be punished anew.