Capricorn District Municipality concluded the Prepaid Smart Meters Public Participation in Blouberg Local Municipality at Alldays Community Hall. The meeting took place on 30 June 2021 following another successful meeting that took place at Senwabarwana on 28 June 2022.
This followed a feasibility study that was conducted by the municipality which upon findings recommended the installation of smart prepaid water meters as the best solution to address the current challenges of water billing and non-payment of water by customers.
As at end of June 2021, Blouberg customers alone owed CDM an amount of R17, 6 million. An amount of R2, 1m from Business, Government Institutions R1, 1m, Churches R149, 679.35 and domestic usage contributed the largest amount with R14,1m.
The Executive Mayor Cllr Mamedupi Teffo presented the Installation of the Prepaid Smart Meters program and revenue enhancement strategy which included revenue incentives program. The main objective of the smart metering project is revenue enhancement and giving residents the ability to control their water consumptions.
“As the municipality we are trying to encourage residents to consume water but also remember that with consumption, comes the responsibility to pay for what you consume,” reiterated Executive Mayor.
Residents in both areas who came in numbers, when engaging with the Executive Mayor and her team, indicated that they do not dispute the smart metering project however there are current challenges which they need the district municipality to address and intervene on, such as, the purification of salty water and stands at Senwabarwana and Alldays respectively.
The Executive Mayor indicated that she will be writing a report to Council on the outcomes of all the public participations that took place across the district, in Lepelle-Nkumpi, Molemole and Blouberg Local Municipalities.