Cape Town residents urged to watch their water use

2016-11-21 20:37
FILE: Western Cape dam levels are increasing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

FILE: Western Cape dam levels are increasing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Water consumption is still too high and residents need to reduce their use to winter levels, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

“The start of the hot summer months generally carries with it a spike in water use as residents fill up their pools and use more water in their gardens,” mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg, said.

In order for the city to meet its targets, residents had to keep consumption in line with what it was during winter.

Since level three water restrictions had been put in place in the city, overall water consumption was still 10% higher than the savings target.

Earlier on Monday, residents in Gauteng were advised to keep on saving water, despite recent intense downpours there.

“We are still in a drought,” Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said.

“People must still continue to behave as though there is no water. They can't start relaxing.”

This was after water was released from the Sterkfontein Dam on November 7, and heavy rain pushed the level of the Vaal Dam up to an encouraging 32.1%.

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