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Cape Town Water Restrictions
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CAPE TOWN - Cape Town only has around 135 days of usable water left.

Daily water consumption has been cut to 700 million litres as the municipality and residents grapple with a drought.

Dam levels have dropped to just over 26%.

Despite water restrictions being intensified, daily consumption levels are still not being met.

The City of Cape Town’s Xanthea Limberg says, “Our system is designed on the fact that the operating rule for drought years is to implement the necessary levels for restriction to limit the demand to ensure sustainable supply.”

The City's Mayor Patricia de Lille says they need to step up water conservation.

"In December 2016, the target of 800 million litres per day was set and this was subject to seasonal variations which, among others, affect the evaporation rate of dams. These variations have caused us to lower the target now. In addition, we have struggled to meet the previous target and we will therefore need a monumental effort to reduce consumption further and to meet a target that is one hundred million litres lower."

WARNINGS

The City has issued warnings in the rates bills of some of the metro’s highest users, domestic, commercial and government departments, in an effort to further reduce consumption.

According to the January 2017 consumption, the highest water users are all using far above 50,000 litres of water per month while out of the almost one million customers that the City supplies with water, most households are using an average of approximately 20,000 litres per month or less.

Limberg has again encouraged residents to reduce consumption.

“Those who will not reduce their consumption voluntarily will increasingly be forced to reduce consumption. The installation of water management devices would assist households, businesses and other users with more efficiently managing their water consumption and this would result in financial savings as well.”

The City will continue with its long-term water infrastructure investment programme, the roll-out of its leak and pressure management programmes and investigation into alternative sources of water.

De Lille and other officials are expected to visit some of the high water users this week.

Source: http://ewn.co.za/2017/02/14/ct-only-has-...water-left

Perhaps we can share some tips in this thread what we can do to save water?
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Water saving tips

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  2. Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush. You can get one of these from your water provider.
  3. Take a shorter shower. Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.
  4. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
  5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
  6. Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water collected to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows.
  7. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
  8. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
  9. Install a water meter. When you're paying your utility provider for exactly how much water you use, laid out in an itemised bill, there's an incentive to waste less of the stuff.
  10. Invest in water-efficient goods when you need to replace household products. You can now buy water-efficient showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and many other water-saving products
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