Water usage in Cape Town still too high


With many provinces in the grip of the worst drought in 30 years, government is intensifying its water saving plan. But Parliament has been told there's no need yet to declare a state of disaster.

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town on Monday said it would continue with its aggressive approach of installing 2,000 water management devices at the homes of those using water excessively.

“Dam storage levels are currently at 37.5%, with usable water at 27.5%. Collective consumption is at 622 million litres of water per day as at 22 September 2017. This is 122 million litres above the target of 500 million litres,” the City said in a statement.

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The City has asked residents to stick to 87 litres of water per person per day. Those who exceed this limit will force the municipality to intervene by installing the devices.

“The devices will be set at 350 litres per day. This is in an effort to force consumption down among those who have shown a flagrant disregard for the water restrictions…”