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Level 4 Water Restrictions For Cape Town Residents
Here's some tips to save water in the Mother City
Last Updated 5 June 2017
Cape Town has been facing Level 3 water restrictions since 1 November 2016 and showing no signs of easing-up. The City of Cape Town’s Council increased it to Restriction level 3b in February 2017, however with increasing water consumption and no rain easing the drought - The City of Cape Town has raised the restriction level to 4 as of 1 June 2017.
The increasing water restriction comes as a result of the drought experienced in Cape Town and the failure to reach the targeted savings of 800 million litres of collective water use per day. The Council has met throughout the year to discuss possible solutions to the crisis. The latest suggestion has resulted in Level 4 restrictions effective from 1 June 2017.
The Level 4 water restriction will ban all use of municipal water outside and for non-essential use, and limits residents to 100 liters of water per person, per day. This means you will be unable to wash cars, water gardens, use irrigation systems with municipal drinking water and of course no new golf course or sport fields to be built unless they will be watered with non-potable water.
The Level 3 restrictions had allowed watering by watering can for an hour on Tuesday and Saturday, but with Level 4 restrictions this is no longer possible. Filling and topping up swimming pools is also not allowed. The Level 4 restrictions also come with sanitation tips such as using old bath water to fill the toilet cistern and not flushing each time the toilet is used.
''Use water only for drinking, cooking and essential washing[.] Every single drop that is wasted or saved is making a difference to our dam levels,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
The proposed fines for overuse still have to be approved by the council and the Chief Magistrate, but they range between R1 000 and R5 000 for a spot fine. The city has continued to implement and sustain its pressure reduction programmes across the metro which forcibly reduces supply at a given time. Other emergency interventions are under way, and if required, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply of water across the metro.
SIX HELPFUL WATER SAVING TIPS
- Water your plants with excess water from cooking and cleaning.
- Turn the tap off while washing your hair.
- Use a pool cover to prevent water evaporation.
- If you have a water meter, use it to check for water leaks.
- Fill a container with water while waiting for your tap water to heat up, instead of letting it run.
- Limit your water usage when brushing your teeth to a cup of water.
- Ensure that all taps are fully closed and replace tap washers regularly. A dripping tap can waste 30-litres a day; equivalent to 10 000-litres a year.
- Fit tap aerators to reduce and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like one is using the same amount of water.
If you are still unsure or uneasy about these new rules, check out the Frequently Asked Questions about Water Restrictions.
By Garth Prins & Tarina Meiring
Residents can contact the City via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for queries or to report contraventions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts). For further information, residents should please visit thewater restrictions page on the website:www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
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