CT only has around 135 days of usable water left

Daily water consumption has been cut to 700 million litres as the City of CT & residents grapple with a drought.

Wemmershoek Dam. Picture: capetown.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town only has around 135 days of usable water left.

Daily water consumption has been cut to 700 million litres as the municipality and residents grapple with a drought.

Dam levels have dropped to just over 26%.

Despite water restrictions being intensified, daily consumption levels are still not being met.

The City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg says, “Our system is designed on the fact that the operating rule for drought years is to implement the necessary levels for restriction to limit the demand to ensure sustainable supply.”

The City's Mayor Patricia de Lille says they need to step up water conservation.

"In December 2016, the target of 800 million litres per day was set and this was subject to seasonal variations which, among others, affect the evaporation rate of dams. These variations have caused us to lower the target now. In addition, we have struggled to meet the previous target and we will therefore need a monumental effort to reduce consumption further and to meet a target that is one hundred million litres lower."


The City has issued warnings in the rates bills of some of the metro’s highest users, domestic, commercial and government departments, in an effort to further reduce consumption.

According to the January 2017 consumption, the highest water users are all using far above 50,000 litres of water per month while out of the almost one million customers that the City supplies with water, most households are using an average of approximately 20,000 litres per month or less.

Limberg has again encouraged residents to reduce consumption.

“Those who will not reduce their consumption voluntarily will increasingly be forced to reduce consumption. The installation of water management devices would assist households, businesses and other users with more efficiently managing their water consumption and this would result in financial savings as well.”

The City will continue with its long-term water infrastructure investment programme, the roll-out of its leak and pressure management programmes and investigation into alternative sources of water.

De Lille and other officials are expected to visit some of the high water users this week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)