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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

As at Monday 26 March 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 522 million litres of water per day. This is 43 million litres lower than the previous week’s usage. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks its water users for getting back on track as we push to get down to the required 450 million litres of collective daily water usage, or 50 litres per person per day. We need to achieve this target in order to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year.

The more water we use, the faster our dam levels decline. In the past week, dam levels have fallen by 0,5% to 22,2% despite the rain that was received, primarily on 24 March 2018.

Although the winter months will likely bring more rain, we cannot estimate how much rain we will have or count on it having a significant impact on our dam levels.

The City is therefore continuing to implement a number of measures to reduce water consumption. Water management devices continue to be installed on the connections of high water users, and teams are working around the clock to detect and repair leaks.

Level 6B water restrictions remain in place, and consumers are receiving bills based on Level 6 tariffs. This means that the more water that residents use, the more they will pay.

The City has also been expanding its roll-out of pressure testing with the purpose of using the results to implement more automated pressure zones across the metro in an effort to help reduce water usage to 50 litres per person per day. By creating automated pressure zones, the City is able to adjust water pressure remotely and work more efficiently as it implements pressure management. This technology reduces the pressure of the flow of water and thus helps to reduce water usage.

We have recently successfully tested areas including the Cape Town CBD, Green Point, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Salt River, Epping, Delft, Brooklyn and Dunoon. Testing is happening across the metro.

We will continue to drive these initiatives to reduce water consumption, and call on all Capetonians to continue doing their part as well.

Getting down to 50 litres per day is the only way to keep Day Zero away.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

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