CT tightens restrictions in bid to reduce water usage

The restrictions, combined with tariff increases, aim to reduce water usage by 20 percent.

Residents will not be allowed to water their gardens, sports fields or any other grassed area between 9am - 6pm. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has approved and amended stringent level two water restrictions.

The restrictions, combined with tariff increases, aim to reduce water usage by 20 percent.

The municipality says customers can expect to pay more if they don't reduce consumption by 10 percent.

Under the new stringent measures, residents will not be allowed to water their gardens, sports fields or any other grassed area between 9am and 6pm.

Residents will also not be permitted to hose down driveways or any other hard surface using tap water.

Democratic Alliance Councillor Patricia van der Ross says, "We need to be prudent and bring in the new restrictions, before the city runs out of water and hospitals, schools and clinics are forced to close."

The municipality says the restrictions are necessary because dam levels are at a 20-year low.