After an incredible few months of rain, The City of Cape Town made the decision to relax the water restriction from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, 2018. While suffering one of the worst droughts in Cape Towns recent history, the dams have recently been reported at over 70% capacity.
While the water restrictions have been reduced, there are still strict rules in place. Personal water use is limited at 70 litres per person per day. The overall city water usage target has been adjusted to 500 million litres per day, and there has been a relaxation of water restriction for commercial, industrial and other non-residential water users to a 40% usage reduction. Agricultural water users are reduced to a 50% usage restriction and tariffs have been lowered to level 5 restriction tariffs.
LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS
- No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed. This includes watering/irrigation of gardens, vegetables, agricultural crops, sports fields, golf courses, nurseries, parks and other open spaces.
- The use of borehole/wellpoint water for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, is strongly discouraged to prevent over-extraction from aquifers. Borehole/wellpoint water should preferably be used for toilet flushing. Borehole/wellpoint water use must be metered, and all users are required to keep records and have these available for inspection. All boreholes and well points must be registered with the City and must display the official City of Cape Town signage that is clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
- All properties where alternative, non-drinking water resources are used (including rainwater harvesting, greywater, treated effluent water) must display signage to this effect that is clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
- No topping up (manual/automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed. All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover. The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
- No washing of vehicles including taxis, trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking water allowed. These vehicles must be washed with non-drinking water or cleaned with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes. This applies to all customers, including formal and informal car washes.
- No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water is allowed.
- The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited. Customers are strongly encouraged to install water-efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, shower heads and other plumbing components. Restrictions applicable to residential customers All residents are required to use no more than 70 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether you consume the water at home, work or elsewhere.
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- October 18, 2018