Despite an announcement by the City of Cape Town over the weekend to lower water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5 from the beginning of October, residents have been urged to continue using water sparingly. Deputy mayor Ian Neilson announced on Sunday that the restrictions will be eased from Level 6B on October 1, giving residents in various households a further 20litres per person per day, from 50litres. This is as a result of the recent rains and ongoing efforts to save water. According to the City the dam levels are at 68%, a huge improvement from 38% recorded during the same period last year. In a statement, the City said it was “confident that the significant behavioural change that we’ve seen pertaining to water conservation will prevail to a large extent”. “The City believes, with the full support of the other catchment users such as other municipalities and the agricultural sector, that an interim adjustment is fully justified and appropriate at this stage,” read the statement. It cautioned of further reassessment once the Department of Water and Sanitation had made a ruling for the new hydrological year or advised on an interim relaxation. Some key components of the new restrictions A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction A lowering of tariffs to Level 5 tariffs: Residential tariffs (excluding VAT) 0 – 6 kL: Down 26,6% from R28,90/kL to R21,19/k 6 – 10,5 kL: Down 25% from R46/kL to R34,43/kL 10 – 35 kL : Down 56% from R120,27/kL to R52,39/kL Above 35 kL: Down 70% from R1 000/kL to R300/kL “Much work is planned over the next few years to augment the City’s water supply. Our water conservation awareness and demand management will continue as always,” the statement read. “We are situated in a water-scarce region. At the moment, we will still rely on our dams to provide the majority of our water. “Given the unpredictable nature of our rainfall, it is imperative that we diversify our supply for the future, and entrench the water-saving mind-set we have cultivated over the past year. Visit www.capetown.gov.za for full tariff details.