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You Can Comment On The City’s Draft Water Strategy + Latest Dam Levels

The strategy is aimed at ensuring that the city becomes more drought resilient. Have your say now. 

Latest update: 18 February 2019

The Draft Water Strategy is the City’s plan to ensure greater water security over the next 10 years as it moves towards being a water-sensitive city. The strategy was opened today for public comment.

New surface water resources are limited. Therefore, in future, a greater proportion of Cape Town’s water demand will be met from alternative sources including groundwater, water re-use and desalination.

The City commits to increasing available capacity by more than 300 million litres per day over the next 10 years. Cape Town will continue to rely on rain-fed dams for most of its water, which is more affordable than alternative supply sources.

The City is further focused on transforming Cape Town over time into a more resilient and water-sensitive city. This will be done through new incentives and regulatory mechanisms as well as the way the city invests – in consultation with residents.


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

MORE ABOUT THE DRAFT WATER STRATEGY
The draft strategy deals with the important and complex relationships between water, people, the economy and the environment. It commits to support the following five things: Providing safe access to water and sanitation to all; promoting wise water use; getting water from diverse sources; working with other partners and stakeholders; and transforming Cape Town into a water-sensitive city.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS 
You can submit your comments online or in written format at sub-council offices.


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

You’ll find all the latest city and Western Cape dam levels, plus: info on Level 3 Water Restrictions in Cape Town below.

CAPE TOWN: 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


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

CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 56%
The total level of the major dams is 56% as at 18 February 2019. This is compared to dam levels of 24.5% at the same time last year. Water consumption is at 610 million litres per day, which is is within the authorities’ required limit.

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

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 43.59%
The combined level of the dams in the Western Cape as of 18 February 2019 is 43.59%.

See below: 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 2018

CAPE TOWN SYSTEM DAMS COMBINED

55.51

56.89

24.05

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

70.40

72.10

39.69

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

39.65

41.18

15.93

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

18.02

17.83

24.99

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

42.76

46.83

12.06

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

43.59

45.12

22.25

WHERE WE COME FROM
Throughout 2018, 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 2018, we decided to go and 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.

PLUS: WHERE TO SWIM IN 2019
Discover these beaches around Cape Town, as well as awesome surf spots.

Check out the special, secluded and hidden tidal pools around Cape Town

And these beautiful natural rock pools of the Western Cape.

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