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Drought crisis warning: Water use must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately

Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%, which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 10,7%. Consumption disappointingly remains at 93 million litres above the consumption target of 600 million litres. Read more below:

Water is only permitted for essential use.

The metro, as the largest water user of the Western Cape Water Supply System, has achieved the 20% savings target set by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. We thank all residents, businesses and government departments for their water saving efforts but we simply have to do a lot more as consumption remains too high.

We are asking all water users to reduce their water usage to 100 litres per person per day.

Cape Town is experiencing the harsh impacts of climate change, with reduced annual average rainfall and abnormal water patterns. No sufficient rain is predicted for the next three weeks.

In terms of stepping up our response to water leaks and complaints, the City of Cape Town has allocated R22 million to employ additional staff for our first-line response teams who are deployed to attend to water faults reported to our call centre.

Approximately 75 additional staff members have been employed to improve our response time to water complaints. These teams are able to identify the problem, do some repairs and/or isolate the leak, and call in the appropriate level of response to do major repairs.

The additional staff members are also deployed to deal with any water management device complaints and faults. Continue reading

Springbok tight forwards Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit are all in the DHL Stormers starting line-up to face the Blues at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Locks Etzebeth and Du Toit have both recovered from injury niggles whilst tighthead prop Malherbe was rested against the Hurricanes before last week’s bye as part of the Springbok management plan.

As a result Wilco Louw and Jan de Klerk will feature off the replacements bench, with the only other change to the forward pack coming at loosehead prop where Oli Kebble switches with Ali Vermaak to claim the starting spot.

In the backline Dillyn Leyds steps into the flyhalf role he performed in Wellingon when Rob du Preez was forced from the field with a torn pectoral muscle and a fit-again Seabelo Senatla takes his place out on the left wing.

Experienced centre Damian de Allende returns from an ankle injury to feature on the replacements bench alongside Brandon Thomson who will provide flyhalf cover for the clash with the Auckland side. Continue reading


Dam levels are now at 21,2% (storage levels), which is 0,8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. The latest consumption has jumped up again to 718 million litres, which is 118 million litres over the consumption target of 600 million litres. This communication serves as a critical warning to all water users in Cape Town to cut all non-essential use of water immediately. This is not a drill. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town warns all residents and businesses in Cape Town to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately. The City’s Mayoral Committee is expected to recommend to Council the implementation of Level 4 water restrictions tomorrow, 16 May 2017. This would entail a ban on all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential purposes.

‘We are essentially saying that you are only allowed to use a bit of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We are reaching a critical point in this drought crisis. Although we continue to work non-stop to force consumption down, overall use remains catastrophically high. This is not a request. We have seen huge saving-efforts, but the unseasonably hot autumn is exacerbating the situation and we must all do more. Continue reading

Theewaterskloof Dam

Theewaterskloof Dam

Dam levels are now at 22% (storage levels), which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 12%. The latest consumption has jumped up again to 720 million litres, which is 120 million litres over the consumption target of 600 million litres.  

The City of Cape Town thanks consumers for their saving efforts but is concerned that usage has increased to 720 million litres of collective use per day, possibly following the hot and cold spell of weather last week.

The City warns consumers to save water consistently and not to be influenced by the weather.

The City has also finalised its latest list of Top 100 highest, non-indigent, domestic high water consumers for March 2017. It shows that leaks on private property, which is the responsibility of the owner to fix, remains a major cause of avoidable high consumption.

Approximately two thirds of the Top 30 properties on the March list, were found to have leaks on the properties which were the reason for the high consumption. City water inspectors have been engaging with the high users and most of these leaks have been repaired by the owners.

Engagements with other high users continue. A high user is classified as using above 40 000 litres of water per month – more than three times the volume that the average formal household should be using (about 12 000 litres per month). The top user according to the March list, located in Claremont, used 678 000 litres of water in March with a three-month average of 737 000 litres of water. High users were identified across the diverse suburbs of Cape Town. Continue reading

DHL Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez has been ruled out with a torn pectoral muscle and will undergo specialist opinion regarding possible surgery.

Du Preez was the only major casualty from the DHL Stormers final tour game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Centre Dan du Plessis and flank Cobus Wiese have both successfully undergone surgery on dislocated shoulders which have put them out of action for the next four months.

Centre Damian de Allende (ankle) and wing Seabelo Senatla (foot) will both return to full training this week after lengthy lay-offs, along with locks Eben Etzebeth (calf) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee) who have recovered from minor niggles.

Dam levels are now at 22,8% (storage levels), which is 0,6% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 12,3%. The latest consumption is 680 million litres, which is 80 million litres over the new consumption target of 600 million litres. Read more below:

Despite the recent rains the situation remains critical, and the City calls on residents to maintain their savings efforts.

‘We thank the many residents who are still active water ambassadors. We do, however, need to become more consistent as our consumption remains too high considering the unexpected hot weather which continues and irrespective of the bit of rain that we have had.

‘Our water users also continue to respond to the unpredictable climatic conditions by using more water as soon as it heats up, but seemingly also when there is rain. This approach is exacerbating the effects of the enduring and severe drought. Such phenomena are expected to become more frequent as a result of the impact of climate change. In addition, the severity and scale of drought episodes is increasingly difficult to predict. Our relationship with water therefore must start to change – this relationship is something that we can control. Our water-saving efforts cannot be influenced by whether it is hot or cold. We need to save water irrespective of the weather,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

Shocking though the 118 insurance claims for theft and vandalism at libraries and clinics over the last nine months may be, the City is seeing a reduction in the frequency of these activities over time. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Services Directorate is counting the cost of continual vandalism and theft at some of its most crucial service centres.

Since July last year, libraries and clinics have submitted 118 insurance claims between them, totalling nearly R800 000 – largely as a result of theft, malicious damage to property, and burglaries. Of the claims at clinics, only 12% were the result of accidental damage like burst geysers and pipes.

‘Vandalism of community facilities is problematic for a number of reasons. Not only does it disrupt vital services to some of the most vulnerable individuals in a community, but it also has an impact on staff and community morale. It leaves the City in the position where we have to stall new developments and improvements planned for our clinics and libraries because we’re having to divert funds to fix and replace vandalised or stolen infrastructure. Continue reading

Juan de Jongh, Rynhardt Elstadt, Caylib Oostuizen and Damian Willemse will all join the DHL Stormers in Wellington ahead of their final tour game against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Centre De Jongh (knee) and utility forward Elstadt (ankle) have both recently recovered from injury and will provide some important experience ahead of the clash with the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions.

There were more injuries added to the list following the defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin, with prop JC Janse van Rensburg, locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and flyhalf Kurt Coleman all flying back to Cape Town.

Janse van Rensburg has torn a bicep muscle and will be out for four to six weeks, whilst Coleman tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle in training and Etzebeth (calf) and Du Toit (knee) have also been ruled out due to injury niggles.

There are also doubts about captain Siya Kolisi who is nursing a shoulder injury, whilst prop Frans Malherbe will not be available for selection this week due to the Springbok management plan.

Despite these setbacks, DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the squad is determined to end their tour of New Zealand with an improved performance in Wellington.

“The injury list is growing, but luckily we welcome some quality players back this week and we are focused on the challenge ahead.

“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so the goal this week is to raise our game against the Hurricanes,” he said.

There are two backline changes to the DHL Western Province team to face the Border Bulldogs at City Park on Saturday.

Following their 30-18 opening win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth last week, DHL Western Province will be on home turf at City Park, where there will be two regional club matches played as curtain-raisers beforehand on Saturday.

Justin Phillips gets an opportunity to start with Godlen Masimla on the replacements bench in a rotational switch between the two Vodacom Super Rugby scrumhalves, whilst the other change to the starting line-up sees Michal Hazner at outside centre and Harlon Klaasen providing midfield cover.

The forward pack is unchanged from the combination that started against the EP Kings, but the fit-again duo of prop Frans van Wyk and loose forward Eital Bredenkamp feature on the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that his team will look to build on their opening win against the EP Kings when they face a competitive Border side on Saturday.

“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so it is nice to have some continuity in selection as we try to achieve that. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has lowered the target for collective water use per day by 100 million litres to 600 million litres. This comes amid the continual decline of dam levels and unseasonably hot weather which has pushed up consumption. Dam levels are now at 23,3% (storage levels), which is 0,9% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 13,3%. The latest consumption is 745 million litres, which is 45 million litres over the previous target of 700 million litres. Read more below:
The City has lowered the collective water usage target to 600 million litres per day.
Stricter water restrictions could also be on the cards soon, subject to due process. For now, the City asks that residents stop using municipal water for all outside use and that those who are able to do so invest in greywater and rainwater harvesting, among others, for all non-potable uses. Similarly, the City is currently looking at ways to create a greater culture of water harvesting in all of its operations.
‘Residents must please reduce water for personal use immediately to below 100 litres per person per day. At the current consumption rate, 88 days of water remain.

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