Johannesburg – The Knysna Municipality in the Western Cape has enforced level 2 water restrictions with immediate effect, it announced on Wednesday.“With the storage dams levels dropping, the water flowing over the Knysna River weir by a mere 10mm and the Gouna River’s flow coming to a standstill, the Knysna Municipality has been forced to implement Level 2 Water Restrictions with immediate effect," said Mayor Eleanore Bouw Spies in a statement.“This level brings punitive water tariffs into immediate effect and an additional 50% of the approved water consumption tariff will be applied to consumption exceeding 20kl/month.”The municipality said its potable water is restricted to human consumption and business use.Residents were asked not to water their gardens, wash their cars and boats.Residents were also asked to retrofit their taps, showerheads and other plumbing equipment with water efficient devices.Bouw-Spies instructed businesses to implement water recycling systems on their premises.“This measure is especially relevant to all car washes in the area. Our Law Enforcement Officers are currently checking on recycling systems, and where it is found to be lacking will be instructing the business to adhere to this within a month.“Our Law Enforcement officers will be out in force to ensure that nobody breeches these new water restrictions,” said Bouw-Spies.She said last week, Knysna’s daily target of 8ml a day was not met as residents used 16.3Ml a day. Sedgefield’s target daily water consumption is 1.9Ml a day and its residents used 2.9Ml a day during the same period. “We are asking all residents and visitors to be our eyes and ears on the ground and report water abuse. As previously communicated, no mercy will be shown to anybody caught wasting water and they will receive hefty fines." In June, a state of disaster was declared in all the country’s provinces, except Gauteng, due to the drought.