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City of Cape Town considers level 5 water restrictions

On Thursday, the City revealed plans to access five hundred million litres of water per day through various non-surface water sources.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town is considering level five water restrictions.

On Thursday, the city revealed plans to access five hundred million litres of water per day through various non-surface water sources.

About R3 billion will be spent on implementing the first phase, which is groundwater extraction and land-based desalination plants.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says they have issued 21,500 households with warning letters.

She says although Cape Town will not run out of water due to extensive contingency plans, water consumption needs to decrease.

WATCH: De Lille: Cape Town's water supply safe

De Lille says while the city is contemplating the implementation of level 5 water restrictions, water shedding will not be necessary.

“Due to the advanced pressure management, there may be occasions where properties in high-lying areas up the hill and various supply zones will be without water for shorter periods.”

The city hopes to reach its water consumption target of 500 million litres per day with the help of water management devices being installed at high consumption households across Cape Town.

Cape Town is currently implementing level 4b water restrictions, the highest level that it currently has.

Under level 4b restrictions, municipal drinking-quality water may not be used for outside and non-essential purposes, which includes the washing of vehicles and topping up of swimming pools.

Residents must also reduce their water consumption to less than 87 litres, per person, per day.

At this stage, it is not clear what level 5 water restrictions will entail.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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