South Africa — The City of Cape Town has installed water management devices at several households to curtail high consumption. The City also cautioned residents to use water sparingly and avoid excessive and wasteful use which could lead to tighter restrictions.
Cape Town has tightened water usage restrictions, banning the use of potable water to irrigate gardens, wash cars or top up swimming pools in recent months.
Recent rain has pushed dam levels up slightly, but it’s simply not enough.
Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%.
Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day required to build reserves for the expected severe season ahead.
Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member responsible for water, says excessive users in numerous suburbs, including Durbanville, Retreat, Oakdale, Maitland and Crawford can expect a visit soon from water inspectors.