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CT wants borehole water users to also cut consumption

The municipality says restrictions on the use of potable water have resulted in more residents exploring for borehole water.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it will ask national government to intensify its groundwater usage regulations.

The municipality says restrictions on the use of potable water have resulted in more residents exploring for borehole water.

Beefed-up water restrictions will come into effect on Wednesday after dam levels dropped below 40%.

The City's Xanthea Limberg has urged residents to also use groundwater sparingly.

“It is important that we use it responsibly. For this reason we ask that customers with boreholes restrict their watering to the hours prescribed in the restrictions, or limit their water usage to early morning or late evening to avoid evaporation.”

The City of Cape Town says households with water usage levels exceeding 50 kilolitres of water per month could face fines if they don't start conserving water.

The municipality has identified close to 20,000 households who are using more than the stipulated amount per month.

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Residents can report water wastage via email or visit the city’s website for more information.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)