City of CT instructed to reduce water use by 40%

Residents in drought-affected areas across the cape have also been requested to cut their consumption drastically.

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

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has been instructed by the Water and Sanitation Department to reduce water use by 40%.

Residents in drought-affected areas across the cape have also been requested to cut their consumption drastically.

Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 million litres of collective usage per day.

The municipality says to date the national restriction has been 20% which the city was able to meet.

Last month, the City of Cape Town said its officials had installed 71 water management devices at the homes of water guzzlers.

It said one in two users are adhering to water restrictions.

The municipality’s collective water consumption is at 614 million litres of water per day, this was 114 million litres above the city’s target of 500 million litres per day.

However, the municipality said there are still too many Capetonians who are seemingly not bothered by the level 5 restrictions or higher water tariffs.

The city's Xanthea Limberg: “Our recently implemented level 5 restrictions also look at ways to force usage down amongst water users who are not changing their behaviour.

“This is especially important as we head towards what we are all expecting to be an incredibly difficult summer 2017/2018.”

FROM BAD TO WORSE

The province’s water situation is going from bad to worse with indications that Cape Town will head into summer with just 25% of usable water in the dams.

“This is a massive concern given that we’re going to an expected dry and hot summer season and a December month where we’re expecting an influx of tourists and visitors to the province.”

The provincial local government department’s James Brent-Styan has again stressed more can still be done to save the precious resource.

The situation is particularly dire in the City of Cape Town.

The municipality says to date, the national restriction has been 20% which the city was able to meet.