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The latest water consumption statistics indicate that while the average daily consumption is still not where it needs to be, it is edging closer to the desired 800 million litres a day.

The City of Cape Town is pleased with the latest statistics which indicate a drop in water consumption over the past week. However, there is still much work to be done.

In the week of 19 to 25 December 2016, the average daily consumption was 835 million litres against a target of 800 million litres. This is the lowest average since the implementation of Level 3 water restrictions in November 2016.

Should residents 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. To date, the average daily consumption statistics have been worrying:

  • 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
  • 835 million litres: 19 December – 25 December

Over the last week, the combined dam levels have dropped a further 1,6% to 48,1%.

The City appeals to residents to please be mindful of water usage. Residents are reminded to abide by the restrictions as outlined below:

Restrictions applicable to all customers:

  • Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption to the above
  • No watering/irrigation is allowed within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation (facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt)
  • All properties where alternative, non-potable water resources are used (e.g. rainwater harvesting, grey water reuse, treated effluent water, spring water, well-points and boreholes) must ensure that they display the appropriate signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare
  • All well-points and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water is allowed (except for health purposes). Users such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption
  • Ornamental water fountains/water features should be operated only by recycling the water or if using non-potable water

Restrictions applicable to residential customers:

  • Washing (using potable water) of vehicles and boats is only allowed if using a bucket
  • Customers are strongly advised to install water-efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use from all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components
  • Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed
  • The use of portable play pools is prohibited

Restrictions applicable to non-residential customers:

  • Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed
  • Informal car washes must use only buckets and not hosepipes
  • The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible
  • No automatic top-up systems are allowed for swimming pools
  • Spray parks are to be strictly managed to minimise water wastage
  • Customers must install water-efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use from all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places and adhere to Water By-law requirements
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water
  • For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply
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