Water usage up, despite calls to cut down

City’s water consumption increased between the last week of 2016 and the first week of 2017, despite calls to use less. The city’s residents used 859 million litres of water per day between January 2 and 8, compared to 835 million litres in the last week of December, the City said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Unless a drastic improvement is observed, more serious restrictions, including a blanket ban on watering gardens or filling pools, will need to be applied.”

Dam levels are currently at 44.3%, having decreased by 5% since December 21.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Priya Reddy said dam levels may become dangerously low.

“According to our projections, dam levels may ‘bottom out’ at a very low 20%. It leaves a low margin of safety,” she said.

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