The City of Cape Town’s intensified water restrictions came into effect on Wednesday. The city urges all water users to further reduce their use of non-essential potable water. During this time of drought, the city’s dams are drastically lower than in previous years. It is crucial that all residents and businesses play their part by reducing consumption and saving water, while there is still water to be saved. As at 30 January 2017, dam levels have dropped to approximately 39,2 percent which is 1,3 percent down from a week ago. With the last 10 percent of a dam’s water being unusable, city supply dam levels could be seen as effectively around 29,2 percent The city thanked those residents who are taking great steps to save water. They said city officials and the Area-based Mayoral Committee Members are targeting the 20 000 highest water users to ensure that they comply with water restrictions and reduce their water consumption. According to the city some of the highest water users in the metro will soon receive notice to drastically reduce consumption. The City will not hesitate to look at instituting enhanced punitive measures to force consumption down in high-use areas across the metro if required.Formal residential properties use 65 percent of the city’s water supply. . The Level 3b water restrictions have now come into effect.