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Level 3b Water Restrictions For Cape Town Residents

Here's some tips to save water in the Mother City 

Last Updated: 30 January 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 met on the 26 January 2017 approving the implementation of increased water restrictions- raising it to Level 3b as of 1 February 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 meeting emphasized that as of 23 January 2017 the average consumption was 80 million litres above the targeted amount and that the dam levels had dropped to 40,4%. It is important to note that the remaining 10% of a dam’s capacity is extremely difficult to extract.

In a statement released by The National Department of Water and Sanitation on 6 January 2017, it said that the South African Weather Service had predicted an above normal rainfall country-wide between January and April 2017. This would indicate, according to them, that it would take a three year recovery rate to get the dam level back to normal.

The new restrictions differ from the previous Level 3 restrictions, and add a higher amount of spot fines of R5000 as part of the fine schedule. Read below what the new water restrictions entail;

LEVEL 3b WATER RESTRICTIONS: WHAT THIS MEANS

  • Watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables and other plants, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am or after 6pm for a maximum of one hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can.
  • No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed
  • No watering/irrigation is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation.
  • Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.
  • Portable pools are no longer permitted
  • No irrigation using potable water will be permitted at City facilities
  • No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350 litres a day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission

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.

NOTE: After a notice was issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni in Gauteng have already implemented water restrictions.

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

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Residents can contact the City via email to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za 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.

Source: The City of Cape Town | www.timeslive.co.za | 6000.co.za 

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