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City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 3

In October, the city dropped restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5, after dams reached almost 75% capacity.

A Cape Town resident fills up a 5 litre bottle. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has once again relaxed water restrictions to level 3.

This means residents will now be able to consume more water.

In October, the city dropped restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5, after dams reached almost 75% capacity.

At the time, the city appealed to residents to use no more than 70 litres per person per day.

WATCH: What do level 3 water restrictions mean?

During the worst of the drought, and with what became known as “Day Zero” looming, residents were restricted to just 50 litres per day.

The extreme drought negatively impacted tourism in the Western Cape and caused deep unease among residents.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says: "I know it's been tough. I hope this reduction brings some comfort over the festive season. We will still need to be water wise as we don't know what the next rainy season holds."