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18,000 water-saving devices installed across CT metro

In an attempt to cut back on excessive water usage, technicians installed water-saving devices at two homes in Pinelands and one in Thornton.

The City of Cape Town's Water Inspectorate install a water saving device at a property in Cape Town on 3 December 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has installed in excess of 18,000 water-saving devices across the metro.

Mayor Patricia De Lille accompanied the Water and Sanitation Department to install these devices at households with excessively high-water consumption rates on Sunday.

In an attempt to cut back on excessive water usage, technicians installed water-saving devices at two homes in Pinelands and one in Thornton.

It caps household water usage at 350 litres a day.

This woman runs a home-based hair salon in Thornton.

“What I did is, I already within myself, started to implement the bucket system. So what I do is, the water from the basin goes into the bucket either use it for the toilet, or it goes on to the lawn.”

Her average water consumption is 32,000 litres per month.

She now plans to apply for a special extension which would allow her to exceed the daily quota.

Meanwhile, Capetonains will soon have to shell out more money for water.

The city wants to intrduce a so-called "drought charge" from February.

City bosses need to raise a billion rand a year to fund their drought emergency plan.

The City of Cape Town’s collective dam levels are currently at a usable 25%.