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City of Cape Town to continue clamping down on water wasters

The City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg says collective usage is still exceeding its daily target.

Capetonians are getting creative when it comes to saving water. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – As city bosses prepare to intensify water restrictions, the municipality has warned that it will continue clamping down on excessive water users.

The City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg says collective usage is still exceeding its daily target.

She says that the City is now preparing for the 'imminent' implementation of Level 4b restrictions.

Limberg says dam levels remain critically low despite recent rains.

“We must continue to use less than 100 litres of water per person per day in total, whether we’re at home, at work or school.

“It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and we must bear in mind that we’re expecting even tougher summer 2018.”

The average Western Cape dam level has increased to almost 23%.

Rain has led to an increase of about 1.5 percentage points since last week.

The provincial government has declared a state of emergency and continues to urge residents to use water sparingly.

The average levels of dams providing the City of Cape Town has increased slightly since last week to 24.28%.

Combined, the Wemmershoek, Voelvlei, Steenbras, Theewaterskloof and Berg River dams contain nearly 28% less water compared to the same time last year.

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