Dam levels still on the increase

2018-10-04 06:02

The levels of the dams supplying Cape Town have increased above the 75% mark.

According to a City of Cape Town statement issued on Monday, the weekly readers showed a 1,9% over the last week – to 75,98% of the storage capacity.

Furthermore, the average water consumption of Capetonians for the past week is up slightly, from 511 million litres per day to 520 million litres per day, it read.

Water restrictions and tariffs have been lowered from Level 6b and Level 6, respectively, to Level 5 from Monday 1 October, as a result of the encouraging dam recovery and conservation efforts by Capetonians.

This interim measure will provide some relief to the consumers.

Level 6b restrictions and Level 6 tariffs were put in place to cater to an extreme drought experienced throughout the province since last year.

But thanks to good rainfall and great water conservation by residents and businesses, the situation has changed materially and the dams have shown a solid recovery, the City said.

Normally, national government gives its assessment of the water situation in December, council related.

But the City believes it is unfair to wait until December to make an announcement about water restrictions, as this will lead to our customers having to pay the highest tariff for an unnecessarily long period.

The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:

. An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day.

. 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 (ex VAT)

  • 0-6 kF: Down 26,6% from R28,90/kF to R21,19/kF;
  • 6-10,5 kF: Down 25% from R46/kF to R34,43/kF;
  • 10-35 kF: Down 56% from R120,27/kF to R52,39/kF;
  • Above 35 kF: Down 70% from R1 000/kF to R300/kF.

– Commercial and industrial tariffs

  • Down 18% from R45,75/kF to R37,50/kF

What not to do in Level 5 restrictions:

. No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption.

. No topping up of swimming pools with municipal drinking water. All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover. Portable or temporary play pools cannot be used.

. No washing of vehicles with municipal drinking water.

. No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water.

. The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited.

. Should bore-hole or well-point water be used for outdoor purposes, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers

. The operation of spray parks is prohibited

. No new landscaping or sports fields may be established, except if irrigated only with non-drinking water.

V For more water-related information and Level 5 restriction guidelines, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.

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