‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.’ | #WaterCrisis

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May 16, 2017
‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.’  | #WaterCrisis

CUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY: Dam levels at 21.2%

Mayco expected to propose that the council implement Level 4 water restrictions

The City council has warned residents and businesses to urgently cut their water consumption with Cape Town’s dam levels dropping to 21.2%, leaving around 11.2% of extractable water left.

Collective consumption has jumped to 718 million litres — 118 million litres over the consumption target.

Today, the mayoral committee is expected to propose that the council implement Level 4 water restrictions.

This would mean a ban on all use of municipal water for unnecessary purpose.

“We are essentially saying that you are only allowed to use a bit of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We are reaching a critical point in this drought crisis,” Mayco member for Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg said.

“Rain or shine, we are now at a point where all consumers must use below 100 litres per day. Stop flushing toilets when not necessary, shower for less than two minutes a day or use a wet cloth for a ‘wipe-down’, collect all would-be wasted water and use it to fill up toilet cisterns, among other things,” she said.

The City’s top tips for saving water include:

  • Only flush the toilet when necessary. Don’t use it as a dustbin. “If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”
  • Take a two-minute shower.
  • Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use it to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning.
  • Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water.
  • Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen, for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking, etc.
  • Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers.
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