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.