CT authorities call for urgent escalation of water restrictions
The City of Cape Town says that while it's been working non-stop to drive down consumption, overall use remains catastrophically high.
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee has recommended level four water restrictions be urgently implemented.
Cape Town has reached a critical point in the drought and water can now only be used for drinking, cooking and washing.
Dam levels are now standing at 21,2% but with the last 10% largely unusable, there's effectively only around 11%.
The city says that while it's been working non-stop to drive down consumption, overall use remains catastrophically high.
Mayco member for Utilities Xanthea Limberg says the unseasonably hot autumn is exacerbating the situation and consumers must do more to reduce consumption.
"Rain or shine, we are now at a point where all consumers must use below 100 litres per day. Stop flushing toilets when not necessary, shower for less than two minutes a day or use a wet cloth for a ‘wipe-down’, collect all would-be wasted water and use it to fill up toilet cisterns, among others."
The city has started dredging at the Voelvlei Dam and it's requested permission from the national department to dredge at the Theewaterskloof Dam too.
The City will continue with its pressure reduction programmes across the metro which forcibly reduces supply at a given time. Other emergency interventions are under way, and if required, the city says it will start to implement a lifeline supply of water across the metro.
Limberg adds: “In a severe drought such as what we are dealing with, the only real immediate intervention is to cut usage. Over this coming week, we must bring consumption down with 100 million litres of water per day. The city also warns businesses to start implementing contingency and alternative water measures in their own operations.”
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)