Will CT city bosses tighten the taps with further water curbs?

City of Cape Town officials will on Thursday decide whether water restrictions will be intensified throughout the peninsula.

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CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town officials will decide today whether water restrictions should be intensified.

If passed at a sitting of the City Council, the restrictions will come into effect on 1 February.

Levels at dams, which feed the city, have dropped to below 40%.

Mayco member Xanthea Limberg says they will table tougher water restrictions before council.

“We believe the council will support the recommendation for additional water restrictions. We’re hoping this will help with saving this scare resource.”

But the African National Congress (ANC)'s Xolani Sotashe believes water restrictions are not implemented fairly.

“Who is monitoring the usage of pools and watering of gardens in affluent areas?”

The ANC has also called on the municipality to work toward preventing water wastage by replacing ageing water infrastructure.


Waste water treatment plants in the Western Cape are regressing, with 18 of them classified as either critical or high risk.

That's according to the latest information available from the Water and Sanitation Department's 2014 Green Drop report.

The department presented the findings to its parliamentary portfolio committee on Wednesday.

The report shows that while 47 plants in the province improved their risk profile, 92 such facilities have regressed.

The department's chief director for water services Lerato Mokoena says the same municipalities can't be assisted repeatedly.

“We don’t have the funding. The funding is available from infrastructure’s side, however, it is limited. We need to identify the treatment works that need help and allocate money towards those municipalities.”

But it wasn't all bad news.

The best provincial performers in the Western Cape were Beaufort West, Bitou, Witzenberg and Overstrand.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)