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CT officials mull further tightening of water restrictions

The City of Cape Town says dam levels remain critically low despite recent rainfall.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town says dam levels remain critically low despite recent rainfall.

As the last 10% is not usable, dams are sitting at only 12.8%.

The municipality hasn’t ruled out further tightening water restrictions. It is currently enforcing level 3B water restrictions, prohibiting the use of potable municipal water for anything other than consumption but could introduce even tougher regulations.

The City’s Xanthea Limberg says: “In addition, the ongoing drought in the province which is increasingly difficult to predict, means therefore that our relationship with water must change. This relationship is something that we can control.”

WATER SAVING EFFORTS PAYING OFF

Last week, the City of Cape Town said that Capetonians were making an effort to conserve water as consumption had fallen within the municipality’s saving targets.

Mayco member for utilities Xanthea Limberg says: “We’re seeing a reduction in consumption, which means that people are trying to save water. We obviously still need to intensify our ability to constantly save.”

Limberg adds consistency is needed.

“Last week we reached the 700 million litres consumption target. This week we’re a little bit up, sitting at 714 million litres.”

HIKE IN WATER TARIFFS

The municipality says that from July, residents will be paying more for water.

The city has proposed a 19% hike for water and sanitation tariffs. It’s hoped this could help compel the public to use less water.

The municipality is also set to keep restrictions in place for some time.

The City's Xanthea Limberg says: “The department has been working on creating a new set of tariffs. Tariffs are only approved once a year when the budget has been approved, so those two things need to speak to each other. We are looking at implementing new, stricter restrictions as well as the tariffs.”

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