WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN
Dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 622 million litres of water per day as at 22 September 2017. This is 122 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. It is simply too high. If consumption is not reduced, we will all suffer. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town is embarking on a process to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week on the properties of identified excessive users. The devices will be set at 350 litres per day. This is in an effort to force consumption down among those who have shown a flagrant disregard for the water restrictions which stipulate that every single person is only allowed to use 87 litres of water per day. This is collective consumption whether at home, work, school or at the gym.
‘As always, we thank all of our water ambassadors. The days are numbered for the delinquent water users. We call on all residents, businesses, and industry bodies to mobilise and join forces to help Team Cape Town get through this drought. Consumption must immediately be reduced to 500 million litres of collective usage per day.
‘This is our New Normal. All residents, businesses and other partners must start adapting to the New Normal which is a characteristic of a water-scarce city and province such as Cape Town and the Western Cape. We will continue to approach this drought crisis with every resource and avenue at our disposal. We need the whole of society to stand with us and to help us to get through this drought, but also to start laying the building blocks for a more resilient city over our longer-term future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
The City reminds residents to reduce water flow on their property through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control taps. Residents should please also install low-flow shower heads and not flush excessively at home or at work.
A video illustrating how to adjust a stopcock can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1fAB-zDPeU
For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwaterand utilise our water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT
Residents can contact the City via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for queries about the water pressure reduction which could increasingly lead to intermittent supply, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373. Water-related faults can also now be reported by sending a message via WhatsApp to 063 407 3699.
Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with safety standards. Normal supply could be disrupted in order to lower demand. This is part of the aggressive pressure reduction programmes in place which are set to be intensified.