City of CT residents requested to use only 100 litres of water a day

Opposition parties have welcomed De Lille's proposal but have made it clear that they hold the Democratic Alliance-led administration accountable for the current crisis.

FILE: Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town wants residents to only use 100 litres of water a day as the metro's dam levels continue to plummet.

Mayor Patricia de Lille has on Wednesday proposed that council approves level 4 water restrictions which will prohibit the use of drinking water outside the house.

She also indicated to councillors that on average, the city's dam levels are at 19,7%.

Currently, households in the city use 131 litres per day.

However, the mayor says residents will have to use water sparingly.

“I request residents and our councillors to carefully think about how they use that 100 litres every day.”

Opposition parties have welcomed De Lille's proposal, but have made it clear they hold the Democratic Alliance-led administration accountable for the current crisis.

African Christian Democratic Party councillor Grant Haskin says the city has on several occasions over the past 15 years been warned about water scarcity but has failed to act.

“You have done nothing to address the problem. That is just simply inept management of our water crisis. It is your fault that we are in this position.”

The African National Congress’ Xolani Sotashe says the municipality has been dragging on a maintenance plan for infrastructure.

“Yet, it was recommended in 2010 that in order for us to deal with these kinds of challenges we must have a maintenance policy plan.”

In response, DA councillors have blamed the change in climate and added there are long-term plans to address the crisis.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)