Jail for water wasters

2017-06-27 06:00

Residents flouting water restrictions could face a steeper penalty or even jail time.

This as the City of Cape Town has appealed to the courts for tougher action to help tackle non-compliance of level 4 rules.

City officials have negotiated that the maximum spot fine for a contravention be raised to R5000, rising to R10 000 or even a prison sentence for serious or repeat offences, explains Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water, waste services and energy.

Dam levels remain critically low, despite recent rains.

Level 4 water restrictions remain in place indefinitely and could be intensified if needed, Limberg cautions.

“Apart from safeguarding our current sustainability, we must think about building additional reserve capacity by continuing with the most hard-hitting water-saving efforts that we can muster.

“It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and we must bear in mind that we are expecting an even tougher summer in 2018,” she says.

“All consumers must continue to use less than 100F per person per day in total, whether at work, home, school or elsewhere.”

V Residents can email the City at water@capetown.gov.za with questions or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to help the City’s enforcement efforts) or send an SMS to 31373.

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