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CT council adopts Level 3B water restrictions

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed that water bills increased by R2.54m over the past 12 months despite restrictions.

FILE: Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town council has adopted Level 3B water restrictions.

The Mayoral committee recommendation was put to a vote on Thursday.

Despite recent rains, Gauteng may need to follow suit.

Gauteng is currently under level two restrictions which means that residents are not allowed to water their gardens during the day or wash cars using a hosepipe.

Joburg Water says that if consumption is not brought down, Gauteng residents will have to be placed under tighter control.

Earlier, Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed water bills increased by R2.54 million over the past 12 months despite restrictions.

De Lille has revealed 20,000 households use 50 kilolitres a month, as opposed to the required 30 kilolitres.

She says the situation is frustrating: "But it’s a minority, those 20,000 we’ve identified, and that’s why we have extra measures to deal directly with them, hoping that they can also help us save water."

De Lille says they will begin a process to engage those residents in an attempt to reduce their usage.

Failure to comply will result in steep fines or have their usage limited to only 350 litres a day.

LISTEN: Water Levels In The Western Cape Drop Below 40%

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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