Ringing the changes: Cape Town mayor phones top water consumers

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Patricia de Lille (Netwerk24)
Patricia de Lille (Netwerk24)

Cape Town – Mayor Patricia de Lille has started a routine of personally calling businesses, hotels and government departments to check on their water usage, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

She had contacted several major commercial consumers to inform them that their water consumption was extremely high, and at a level the city could not afford.

"I am advising them to reduce their consumption immediately," De Lille said in a statement.

Over the past week, Capetonians consumed an average of 808 million litres per day, one million litres more than the previous week.

Dam levels supplying the city have decreased by 1.7%, to an average of 37.5% capacity. Because the last 10% of a dam’s water was not useable, the average level was effectively at 27.5%.

De Lille urged all residents to use less water. Warning notices would be issued to the metro’s highest domestic, commercial and government water users.

Level 3b water restrictions were approved on Thursday, allowing the City to issue spot fines of up to R5 000 to residents contravening water restrictions.

Watering and irrigation of gardens may only take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00, for not more than one hour a day, and only with a bucket or watering can.

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