City tightens taps of water abusers

2017-12-12 06:00
Mayor Patricia de Lille helps install a water meter.

Mayor Patricia de Lille helps install a water meter.

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City of Cape Town officials installed two water management devices at three homes in Pinelands and Thornton on Sunday 3 December.

These three houses reportedly used more than 1000F water per day despite the warning to save water.

The City’s disaster management officials of its water and sanitation department installed the devices in an attempt to restrict the households from using too much water.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the City could not sit back and do nothing about the ­situation.

She says: “The water usage of these households over the past six months ranged between 19 000F and 48 000F per month. This means that, on average, the daily consumption of these households often exceeded 1000F per day.

“The water and sanitation department staff is working extremely long days to help the City conserve water by restricting delinquent users. We have begged people to save water, but we cannot allow the flagrant abuse of water to continue unabated.”

She says this follows warning letters to about 50 000 households using excessive amounts of water. In August, the City started installing water management devices to restrict excessive users to 350F per day.

However, she says, officials have sometimes been hampered by homeowners who do not want to give them entry to install the devices.

“Many high users maintain a stubborn attitude in this time of water scarcity and have prevented City staff and contractors from accessing their properties to install these meters. The City’s teams have visited these properties twice already. This is a waste of City resources and residents have no standing to prevent the City from accessing its infrastructure,” she says.

She encourages residents who would like to have their daily consumption limit increased to write to the City beforehand so that the City can set the water management at the correct level.V Residents can request a quota increase by emailing an affidavit to or by visiting their nearest City walk-in centre.


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