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Cape Town water guzzlers face hefty fines

The City of Cape Town announced the implementation of level five water restrictions on Sunday.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

CAPE TOWN - With tougher water restrictions in place in the Mother City, water guzzlers can now expect to pay hefty fines of up to R10,000.

The City of Cape Town announced the implementation of level five water restrictions on Sunday.

The emphasis is on capping domestic use and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.

With dam levels at 25%, city bosses are taking a no-nonsense approach.

They want Capetonians to cut their household water consumption even further.

The aim is to drop the daily water consumption in the Cape metro to below 500 million litres.

Some Capetonians say they're doing their bit to save water.

Ravensmead’s Merilyn Leukes says she’s already implemented measures to cut back on her family’s water use.

“The rinse water from my washing machine is reused for my next load. It is then stored in a bucket and used in the garden.”

Her friends and family have also begun sharing water saving tips among each other.

“When we visit each other we’re always comparing our bills. I think people are very aware about saving water.”

Mayoral spokesperson Zara Nicholson says residents now have to limit their individual domestic property water usage to below 20 kilolitres per month.

Capetonians are also advised to keep an emergency store of between 2-5 litres of water, as pressure reduction in high lying areas may result in supply interruptions.

LISTEN: Cape Town implements Level 5 water restrictions. What does this mean for you?

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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