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I took this pic flying from CT to PE on Sunday morning. This looks like the Steenbras Dam just other side of Sir Lowry's Pass, leaving Somerset West area.

I took this pic flying from CT to PE on Sunday morning. This looks like the Steenbras Dam just other side of Sir Lowry’s Pass, leaving Somerset West area.

The City of Cape Town warns residents not to be complacent about water use following the recent rainfall and to keep saving water to avoid a water crisis. As at today, 30 January 2017, dam levels have dropped to approximately 39,2 %, which is 1,3 % down from a week ago. Read more below:

With the last 10% of a dam’s water being unusable, City supply dam levels could be seen as effectively around 29,2%.

As of today, water consumption is again above the collective water usage target of 800 million litres per day. At usage levels of 807 million litres, we are still 7 million litres above the daily water usage target, irrespective of the recent rainfall that has been experienced.

‘We thank those residents who are working very hard to save water. As for the 20 000 highest water users, we will be targeting these households as they need to drastically reduce consumption. Formal residential properties use 65% of the City’s water supply. There are particularly high-use areas in the metro such as in Athlone, Newlands, Newfields, Manenberg, Constantia, Lansdowne, Somerset West and Kraaifontein, among others, where some households are not doing their bit. It must, however, be emphasised that there are high water users in all suburbs across the metro.

‘I warn residents not to feel emboldened by our recent rainfall. This is not the time to relax your efforts and to become complacent. We need those great water ambassadors out there to continue to work with us and to save water.

‘The latest Council-approved water restrictions (Level 3b) will come into effect on Wednesday 1 February 2017. These restrictions further limit the use of potable water for non-essential purposes. The key intervention remains reducing consumption,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.The City will continue to implement its other key initiatives for water management and conservation, such as:

  • more innovative water pressure management systems to reduce water leakage
  • finding and repairing underground water leaks
  • replacing ageing water mains
  • improving response times for repairing pipe bursts
  • promoting the use of treated effluent (recycled water) or borehole water instead of drinking water for irrigation purposes
  • offering plumbing repairs for indigent households free of charge
  • introducing the stepped tariff system of billing
  • monitoring water losses from our systems
  • future roll-out of water demand management devices in the future
  • creating awareness for water-saving, school visits and communication

Long-term planning for future water resources for the region takes place together with the National Department of Water and Sanitation (who is the custodian of water resources) and other stakeholders in the region, and the timing of the City’s future supply schemes is planned according to long-term population and water demand growth projections.

During this time of drought, the area-based Mayoral Committee Members will engage with the 20 000 high water consumers to bring culprits to book. For enquiries or to report contraventions, residents can contact the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089, send an SMS to 31373, or send an e-mail to (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts).

For further information, residents should please visit our water restrictions page on the website:

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