City gears city for Level 6 restrictions

2017-12-28 13:14

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The City of Cape Town reminds all water users that Level 6 water restrictions will apply from 1 January 2018. 

The City says in a statement 200 000 households are still using more than 10 500 litres per month – which is more than 350 litres per day.

The latest water restriction implementation for the Western Cape’s water supply system follows the directive of the National Department of Water and Sanitation requiring urban users to reduce their water usage by 45% and agricultural users reduce to 60%.

The daily water limit will remain 87 litres a day per person. 

“We would then consider lowering usage targets further in an effort to adhere to these new restrictions and also to avoid Day Zero when most taps will run dry” says Cape Town mayor, Patricia De Lille. 

From 1 January households who consume more than 10 500 litres per month could be fitted with a water management device. 

Residents who use more than 10 500 litres a month and have a valid reason, must apply to the City and receive a quota increase prior to a device being installed.

A household of four should use less than 350 litres per day, according to the statement. 

“The hot summer days are here. We are not going to be given enough chances to reduce water usage; we have to do it now. 

“With the average household size in Cape Town, more can still be done to ensure that we will not be queuing for water in March or April 2018. If we lower our water usage and the City keeps working hard to make additional water supply available, we can avoid Day Zero, but only if we work together. There are so many water users who have done a superb job to cut water usage. Those who have not done so continue to place us all in danger,” says De Lille. 

Level 6 discourages the use of borehole water for outdoor purposes, in order to preserve groundwater resources. 

Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and it is tested in accordance with safety standards.

For more information visit to apply for a quota increase.

Residents can check their water usage by registering on e-services: 

For more information on water management devices, visit


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