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City of CT targets serial water guzzlers

More water management devices are to be installed at repeat transgressors' homes in the coming weeks.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - City bosses are again setting their sights on serial water guzzlers.

More water management devices are to be installed at repeat transgressors' homes in the coming weeks.

The municipality has again reminded residents to adjust their water-isolating valves or stopcocks on their properties to reduce the water flow rate.

Recent rain has pushed dam levels up slightly, but it's simply not enough.

Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%.

Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead.

The City of Cape Town's Xanthea Limberg says excessive users in numerous suburbs, including Durbanville, Retreat, Oakdale, Maitland and Crawford can expect a visit soon from water inspectors.

“The water management devices, specifically for excessive users, are the latest in a myriad of drought interventions, together with large-scale pressure reduction and enormous enforcement efforts. The city’s emergency supply scheme interventions are also underway.”

The city has also reminded households that it is the property owner’s duty to detect and repair water leaks.

“The city is engaging with affected homeowners. Households will be restricted to an allocation of 350 litres per day unless an application to increase the allocation is made to the city. Such an application must be done in the form of an affidavit which will be verified by the water inspectors. In that case, the city will set the water meter to a daily target that would allow each person to use their 87 litres per day in line with Level 4b restrictions.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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