City of Cape Town's phases of water rationing explained

2017-10-13 14:36

The City of Cape Town's plan to avoid acute water shortages has three phases - Phase 1 of which the City has already implemented. The City anticipates its supply of municipal water will run out around March 2018 if consumption is not reduced to 500 million litres of collective use per day.

Phase 1 (throttling):

Water rationing is to take place through extreme pressure reduction. This is to stretch the water supply in dams.

- Some areas will be affected by water supply disruptions for short periods of time;

Phase 2 (disaster):

Residents will be able to collect a predefined quantity of drinking water per person per day from collection points.

- City will more actively assume control of daily water supply;

Phase 3 (extreme disaster):

The city will no longer be able to draw water from dams and there is a limited time to supply water before a complete water system failure.

- Emphasis will be on minimising the impact on human life, dignity and property;

Find out more about the current Level 5 Water Restrictions in the City of Cape Town

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