LETTER: Is municipality exempt from water restrictions?

2016-01-26 06:00

On Monday 18 January I walked my dogs in Kalk Bay.

I saw the garden at Danger Beach, as well as the garden by a parking lot further into Kalk Bay, being watered at 09:10. The gardener said the municipality paid extra to water the gardens. At Danger Beach, he was watering the grass, which was more like a sandpit.

From the City of Cape Town’s webpage, on Cape Town’s water restrictions: “Watering (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, flower beds, sports fields, parks, lawns and other open spaces are allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a maximum of one hour per premises either before 09:00 or after 16:00. This includes watering with buckets or automated sprinkler systems.”

Is the municipality exempt from water restrictions? Does it not apply to them because they “pay extra”?

Is watering a garden to make it look pretty for tourists that important; more important than conserving water for living purposes?

Jeannie Collard, Email

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, responds:

We thank the letter writer for bringing this to our attention and we will certainly investigate the allegations.

Since the level 2 water restrictions were adopted by the council on 1 December 2015, the City’s parks department has communicated these restrictions widely to departmental staff. Implementing these water restrictions has required extensive adjustment of the department’s work schedules and, consequently, extensive engagement and education of staff and users.

These efforts are ongoing as we try to bring all of our maintenance work in line with the water restrictions.

We fully appreciate the seriousness of Cape Town’s water situation and are working hard to adjust accordingly and seek out sustainable solutions for our water needs.

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