[LISTEN] Drought levy, new water restrictions on cards for CT

The City of Cape Town hopes to raise almost half a billion rand in the first year of implementing the drought charge, which will fund water projects.

CAPE TOWN - The city council on Tuesday afternoon approved a drought levy. Abongile Nzelenzele spoke to Philip Bam, secretary of the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance about these new restrictions.

If given the go-ahead by Treasury, residents will be charged according to property value from February until 2021.

The city hopes to raise almost half a billion rand in the first year of implementing the drought charge, which will fund water projects.

In a notice published in the provincial government gazette, the city says that further water 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.

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