City of CT to penalise water guzzlers as dam levels drop

The city council is now pleading with residents to use less than 100 litres per person per day.

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CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town says it will continue to penalise water guzzlers as it mulls stricter water restrictions.

It’s now dropped the collective water usage target to just 600 million litres per day, down from 700 million litres.

The city is appealing to residents to stop using municipal water for all outside use or to invest in greywater systems.

There are now only about 88 days of usable water left in the city’s dams.

The city council is now pleading with residents to use less than 100 litres per person per day.

Mayco member for utilities Xanthea Limberg says consumers must use and save water consistently.

“The climatic conditions continue to be erratic and it seems as if many water users respond directly to that, they use more water as soon as it heats up. But seemingly also when there’s rain.”

Limberg says the city is looking at ways to create a greater culture of water harvesting in all of its operations.

Water and Sanitation Department spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase says officials are working on innovative ways to assist the province.

“We are working very closely with the province and will meet with them over the next two weeks to find sustainable solutions that assist us to implement some of the bulk water schemes in the area, while at the same time exploring alternative water resources.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)