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Although there was a slight drop in the number of green dot properties in the water map for July 2018, most residents are still committed to saving water and the City congratulates them for maintaining their efforts through the rainy season. This good water-saving performance means that a moderate relaxation of restrictions is now being considered.


The latest water map for July shows that a fairly consistent number of households have been awarded a green dot on the City’s water map. A total of 397 184 households achieved green dot status in July 2018, compared to 400 538 in June. As of July 2018, 78,1% of all households were using less than 10,5kl/month.

Residents can view the latest map here.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows:

  • Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small dark green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small light green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 10 500 litres per month
  • Solid grey dot: excluded property (including sectional title property or group housing / undeveloped property / water use is zero / no available information for the property / estimated water meter reading of more than 10 500 litres per month)

Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution. The map simply indicates water consumption for free-standing houses, and is not necessarily an indicator of compliance with the 50l/day limit currently in place. Households with a high number of occupants who have not applied for an increase to their household allocation, and properties with undetected water leaks may not receive a green dot despite otherwise adequate efforts to reduce consumption.  

Households without green dots are encouraged to perform leak detection exercises or, if they can motivate for it, apply for an increased water allocation. Instructions on how to detect leaks can be found at www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater, and information on how to apply for an increase in water allocation can be found here.

‘Off the back of these latest results, the City again extends thanks to the majority of residents who have made sacrifices for the good of the City as a whole. We applaud every one of you who has resisted the temptation to relax your efforts even during these cold, wet conditions we are experiencing. Data reflects however that the majority of our residents understand that continued water conservation, even after substantial rainfall, is necessary to provide a buffer in case drought conditions return in the coming years,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Cllr Xanthea Limberg.

‘Given that the water situation has improved since where we were a year ago, with dams slowly but steadily recovering, and the sustained evidence of reduced water consumption, the City has proposed to the National Department of Water and Sanitation that the water restriction levels for urban users should be slightly relaxed from 45% to 40%. A decision in this regard should be made by the end of this week. This proposal by the City would be in the interest of providing some degree of financial relief to residents,’ said Cllr Limberg.

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