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After nearly two months of Level 3 water restrictions, the average daily consumption remains a cause for concern in spite of repeated appeals that residents cut down on water use. Read more below:

In spite of ongoing appeals and awareness about water use, Capetonians are still falling short of the mark.

In the last week, the average daily consumption was 864 million litres against a target of 800 million litres. This trend has been ongoing since the Level 3 water restrictions were implemented in November 2016, after below normal rainfall in winter.

If residents are able to keep their consumption at winter levels which equates to 800 million litres a day, Cape Town’s water supply will last until the next rainy season. However, the average daily consumption statistics paint a worrying picture.

  • 854 million litres (21 November – 27 November)
  • 905 million litres (28 November – 4 December)
  • 870 million litres (5 December – 11 December)
  • 864 million litres (12 December – 18 December)

‘There is still far too much indiscriminate use of hosepipes, particularly for irrigation purposes. The restrictions are clear – hosepipes are not allowed, except when borehole or well-point water, spring water, rain harvested or grey water is being used. And even then, such property owners must register their borehole or well-point and display signage prominently for all to see. It also concerns me that so many people continue to feign ignorance when this issue has been communicated over and over,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.

Residents are also reminded that stepped up tariffs came into effect on 1 December 2016, which means those who have not scaled back on consumption will be faced with higher water bills. 

Water 2016/17 (domestic full) steps Unit Level 1 (10% reduction) normal tariffs in rands (incl. VAT) Level 2 (20% reduction) during Level 2 restrictions in rands (incl. VAT) Level 3 (30% reduction) during Level 3 restrictions in rands (incl. VAT)
Step 1 (>0 ≤ 6 kl) /kl R0 R0 R0
Step 2 (>6 ≤ 10,5 kl) /kl R14,89 R15,68 R16,54
Step 3 (>10,5 ≤ 20 kl) /kl R17,41 R20,02 R23,54
Step 4 (>20 ≤ 35 kl) /kl R25,80 R32,65 R40,96
Step 5 (>35 ≤ 50 kl) /kl R31,86 R48,93 R66,41
Step 6 (>50 kl) /kl R42,03 R93,39 R200,16

‘What is encouraging is that enquiries about water restrictions have nearly doubled in the last week. I’m hoping that it means more people are becoming aware of the situation and want to make sure they’re on the right side of the law.

‘I also want to thank those residents who have been diligently abiding by the restrictions and going the extra mile to curb their consumption. I urge them to help us spread the message and help raise awareness around the braai fire or dinner table this holiday season. We still have a number of very hot months in the offing and it is crucial that we save as much water as possible,’ added Alderman Sonnenberg.

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