In a landmark case, Judge Tsoka has declared pre-paid water meters unconstitutional, and ordered the City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water to up the supply of free water in the community of Phiri to 50 litres per person per day.

I’m not very up-to-date on water issues in SA, but I know that 50 litres was the minimum originally proposed by civil society groups and that government came in at a token six kilolitres per household. Judge Tsoka’s judgement reopens this discussion, and is most welcome. As for his judgement regarding the pre-paid meters – hallelujah! Good for you Judge Tsoka!

Read more about the case at Water Justice.