Winter is also a time to save water, officials tell locals

2017-07-11 06:00
Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), with MyCiTi passenger Dylan Theunissen.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), with MyCiTi passenger Dylan Theunissen.

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In an effort to see water use reduced, City of Cape Town officials are currently focusing on making residents aware of the need to build water reserves during the winter months, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected.

This means continuing to reduce water use even though the weather is cooler and wetter.

The City’s dam levels remain critically lower than usual for the start of the winter.

The City’s area-based Mayco members, staff, water inspectors and Law Enforcement officers are continuing to spread the message of saving water even though it is winter.

This week Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), talked to residents in Mitchell’s Plain to spread the message.

“Although our water-saving awareness drive was well received by residents, we are alarmed at the number of people who are still not completely familiar with the water restriction requirements or ways in which they could save water,” says Andrews.

“We need residents to take responsibility now and not to ease up during these winter months.

“Saving water needs to become our new normal and it is important that we hold each other accountable during this critical time. We will all be affected equally if we do not build up the necessary reserves, so I urge all residents across the city to become water ambassadors for Cape Town and to report anyone who is still not abiding by the level 4B water restrictions.”

Level 4B restrictions are now in effect and the water use target has been adjusted to 500m litres of collective water use per day.

A water resilience task team has been set up to boost the municipality’s response to drought, to ensure that acute water shortages are avoided and to transform Cape Town’s water landscape into one that ultimately relies less on rainwater.

City officials are continuing with all their planned and proactive interventions, such as reducing water pressure in the pipes and emergency work, as well as taking tough action on those who contravene the level 4B restrictions.

Residents can contact the City via email at water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.

V For more information visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.

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