CAPE TOWN CONSUMERS REMINDED TO REDUCE WATER USAGE AS DAM LEVELS REMAIN CRITICALLY LOW

CAPE TOWN, The City of Cape Town has called on all consumers to reduce their consumption of water immediately in line with the new Level 4b water restrictions which have been implemented after the latest water usage figures show unacceptably high consumption at 634 million litres of collective water use per day.

Dam levels remain critically low and we must build up our reserves while we still have water. Dam storage levels are at 25.3 per cent but usable water is only approximately 15.3 per cent, which is very low for this time of the year and especially considering that a harsh summer has been predicted for 2018, said Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille here Tuesday.

She urged water users to note that the city's dam storage levels had only increased by 0.8 per cent this week. The city requires all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere. Level 4b restrictions, which came into effect on 1 July 2017, will be used to drive down water usage to 500 million litres of collective water usage per day, she said.

She thanked all water ambassadors and encouraged them to think of more creative ways to reduce usage even further. As for the bad apples who are clearly putting their own needs before the needs of our city, we will be engaging with you and clamping down on unjustifiably high water use," the mayor added.

This is part of the city's ongoing proactive drought management interventions, along with increasing its large scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. Other emergency interventions are underway."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK