De Lille: Current water use will see CT run out by December

Mayor Patricia de Lille has told a full council meeting the city can longer rely on rainfall for its water supply, with a warm, harsh summer expected this year.

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

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille has warned residents if they continue to use water at the current rate, the city will run out by December.

The city has a water consumption target of 500 million litres a day, which is being exceeded by 129 million litres.

De Lille has told a full council meeting that the city can longer rely on rainfall for its water supply, with a warm, harsh summer expected this year.

Besides the installation of water management devices, the city is also restricting water through large scale pressure reduction.

De Lille says if residents stick to the 500 million litres daily target, the current available water in the city's dams, will last until March.

But many residents are ignoring the city's appeal.

“If we continue to use more water than 600 million litres of water a day, day zero will arrive in December.”

The city has issued a tender for its first desalination plant to augment water supply.