Prompted by a prolonged drought, the City of Cape Town has approved an initiative to implement Level 3 water restrictions from 1 November. Cape Town residents failed to achieve the consistent 10% reduction in water use that was mandated after Level 2 restrictions were applied on 1 January. Level 3 restrictions aim to reduce water use by 30% overall.
According to the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg, if water restrictions are not intensified over the coming summer months the dams are at risk of falling to 15%, and if the following rainy season is poor the dams could be at 50% this time next year.
“We have a collective responsibility to use water sparingly and ensure that the dams are not drawn down to very low levels over the coming summer period. While this may cause a certain amount of inconvenience and cost burden to our residents and businesses, it is important that we take a longer-term view and consider the possibility of the drought extending into the next winter rainfall period”.
Rashied Khan, Chief Director of Department of Water Affairs in the Western Cape region, has blamed some of the water loss on Cape Town’s weak infrastructure. “There is water wastage; we need to reduce and apply more of our resources and funding to replace burst pipes, water meters and get correct readings”, he said.
These are the keys aspects of Level 3 restrictions affecting residents:
- No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed.
- Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering container.
- Cars and boats may only be washed with water from buckets.
- Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if pools are fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
- No portable play pools are permitted to be used.
As well as water usage regulations, additional tariffs have been put in place should residents exceed their monthly water allowance of 6 kl.
Level 3 Tariffs:
|Domestic Water Use||Unit||Cost (including VAT)|
|Step 1 (0 ≤ 6 kl)||Per kl||R 0|
|Step 2 (>6 ≤ 10,5 kl)||Per kl||R 16.54|
|Step 3 (>10,5 ≤ 20 kl)||Per kl||R 23.54|
|Step 4 (>20 ≤ 35 kl)||Per kl||R 40.96|
|Step 5 (>35 ≤ 50 kl)||Per kl||R 66.41|
|Step 6 (>50 kl)||Per kl||R 200.16|
For more information, visit the City of Cape Town website.