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Good News: Water Usage Down, and Levels Double that of Last Year

At Level 3, your new daily limit is 105 litres and you'll save on your water bills

Latest update: 10 December 2018

Cape Town is well within the Level 3 recovery restrictions. Average water consumption decreased by 22 million litres per day to 541 million litres per day for the past week, which is well within the 650 million litres per day of collective usage for Level 3.

And though our water levels declined by about 1% in the past week, we are still double the levels of 2017. Below is the breakdown for the dam levels in the City and province. We also explain the dos and don'ts of Level 3 restrictions water usage.

Steenbras Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

NEW LEVEL 3 TARIFFS EXPLAINED
As of 1 December 2018, water restrictions have been lowered to Level 3, meaning that personal water can increase from 70 to 105 litres per person per day whether at home, work, school, gym or elsewhere. Here's what you'll be paying. 

Residential tariffs (ex VAT)
0–6 kL: Down 35% from R24,37/kL to R15.73/kL
6–10,5 kL: Down 60% from R39.59/kL to R22.38/kL
10–35 kL: Down 47% from R60.25/kL to R31.77/kL
Above 35 kL: Down 79% from R345/kL to R69.76/kL

Commercial and Industrial tariffs
Down 33% from R43.13/kL to R28.82/kL


Franschhoek Area, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

HERE'S WHAT THE LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR YOU
Level 3 restriction don’ts:
* No municipal water in hosepipes or any sprinkler systems
* No fountains or water features
* No watering gardens within 48 hours of rainfall
* No washing or hosing down any hard surfaces or paved areas

LEVEL 3 WATER CAPE TOWN DOs
You can now:
* Top up or fill your swimming pool, only if you have a non-permeable solid pool cover; the recovery of backwash water, and the use of rainwater for pool topping up where possible
* Irrigate gardens with a bucket or watering can before 9am or after 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, for a maximum of one hour per day, per property
* Wash vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats using a bucket.

Idea for summer: Discover these awesome Cape Town tidal pools and natural rock pools

CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 69.5%
The total level of the major dams is 69.5%. This is compared to dam levels of 34.3% at the same time last year. Water consumption has decreased by 22 million litres per day to 541 million litres per day for the past week. 


Berg River Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

Theewaterskloof Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 58.6%
The combined level of the dams in the Western Cape as of 10 December 2018 is 58.68%. It was 59.64% last week, and 32.43% in 2017. The Western Cape State Dams is the total of the combined storage of the Cape Town System Dams and the four catchment areas recorded below.

DAM

% FULL THIS WEEK

% FULL LAST WEEK

% FULL 2017

CAPE TOWN SYSTEM DAMS COMBINED

68.98

69.68

33.89

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

87.43

87.55

49.65

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

54.84

56.12

28.98

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

19.04

19.01

20.33

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

80.15

83.19

30.34

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

58.68

59.64

32.43

WHERE WE COME FROM
For months reports said Cape Town could be the first major city in the world to run out of drinking water, with images of dry dams being beamed all over the world.

Capetonians have taken on the challenge to save water: Not taking baths; shortening showers; not flushing with potable water, and becoming more conscious of when to wash clothes or have a tap open. Those who could buy rainwater tanks while others educated their neighbours on water-conscious usage. The hospitality industry invested in water re-usage systems and desalination plants were installed.

As things improve it's important to also read about how Capetonians pulled together, and for tourists to know that they make up only 1% of the population at peak season, and should consider Cape Town their top destination of choice.


Berg River Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

THE VIDEO THAT GOT EVERYONE TALKING

At the end of June, we decided to see the levels of the dams for ourselves. So we flew over three of Cape Town’s major dams. What we saw inspired our readers to share the news far and wide because the story of Capetonians pulling together needs to be shared.

The video and images of Cape Town from above were shot and edited by Red Bull photographer Craig Kolesky. The flight was courtesy of our partner Cape Town Helicopters.

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Power off again? Keep up to date with the latest in loadshedding in Cape Town.

Find out the innovative ways that Capetonians have been saving water. With the rising dam levels, we’ll be celebrating water for days to come. It’s summer, so have a look at these Cape Town surf spots and things to do in summer. Or check out our day tours for families.

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