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City of CT to introduce level 6 water restrictions in Jan

Mayoral Committee member Xanthea Limberg says this is in response to national government imposing further instructions on the province.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp in the Western Cape.. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town will introduce level six water restrictions in January.

Mayoral Committee member for water and utilities Xanthea Limberg says this is in response to national government imposing further instructions on the province.

It will mean households using more than 10,500 litres per month could face fines and penalties.

In a notice published in the provincial government gazette, the city says further restrictions are necessary.

The new restrictions will mean that non-residential properties will have to reduce consumption by 45%, while agricultural users will have to lower their water use by 60%.

The use of borehole water for outdoor purposes is being discouraged, to preserve groundwater.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday council approved budget adjustments to fund water projects.

Limberg said: “We can adjust our budget to ensure the provision of new water supply and ensure that the water services department operations are not negatively handled.”

No watering and irrigation will be allowed from municipal drinking water.

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