City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has confirmed that the municipality is considering a levy or a surcharge for water, because the municipality needs additional funding for its water augmentation schemes. Addressing the media on Thursday‚ De Lille said the city has funded the scheme with R2.6bn from its own coffers. "I will be honest with you‚ we have been considering a water levy or a water surcharge‚ among the other mechanisms, to fund our augmentation schemes‚" said De Lille, adding that the city will only raise its water tariffs next year. She said the city was also looking at funding options from the French Development Bank‚ the German Development Bank, and local banks. "This is all to avoid ‘day zero’. But any proposal we put on the table that will enable us to survive this crisis will be, and must be, subject to public participation. So when we are ready to [present] any proposal that will impact on water uses‚ we will [ensure] public participation." Day zero is when t...

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