Level 4 water restrictions still apply

The City has issued a warning to residents not to relax their water-saving efforts as dam levels still remain critically low.

Since Tuesday June 6, when the recent big storm made landfall, and including subsequent spells of rain, dam levels have only increased by about 3.7%.

The drought crisis continues as dam levels are critically lower than usual at the start of the winter.

The City’s mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy, Xanthea Limberg, said: “We we must think about building additional reserve capacity by continuing with the most hard-hitting water-saving efforts that we can muster.

“It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and we must bear in mind that we are expecting an even tougher summer in 2018. All consumers must continue to use less than 100 litres per person per day in total, whether at work, home, school or elsewhere,” she said.

Residents can contact the City via email at water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.

The City has appealed to the courts for tougher action to assist with the tackling of non-compliance of Level 4 restrictions.

There is a maximum spot fine for a contravention and it can be raised to R5 000, rising to
R10 000 or even a prison sentence for serious or repeat offences.

For details on how to adhere to the less than 100-litre usage requirement, residents should visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater