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Water consumption improves, but target hasn’t been reached yet


Following the implementation of Level 3 water restrictions, there has been a decline in water consumption, but Capetonians are still using too much water.

The City of Cape Town is pleased to report that there has been a steady decline in the volume of water used since last week, with total consumption standing at an average of 854 million litres per day as opposed to 870 – 890 million litres in the week 14 – 21 November 2016. For this we would like to thank all those residents who are going the extra mile.

However, we need to ensure that consumption does not exceed 800 million litres per day and so, as a whole, we are still using too much water and thus cannot guarantee that our dams won’t be depleted to dangerous levels by the end of summer. In the last week, the dam levels have declined by 1,3%, from 55,8% to 54,5%.

According to the City’s calculations, if residents are able to ensure that their water consumption over the coming summer months does not exceed their consumption over winter, we will be able to meet this target.

‘The City extends its thanks to those residents and industrial users who have contributed to this recent improvement, however there are many who as yet have not addressed their wastefulness. We would like to encourage these users to visit http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for water saving hints and tips.

‘We would also like to encourage all residents and industrial users to continue raising awareness around the issue and reporting water wastage where they see it. We are far from out of the woods but if we are able to maintain a sustained collective focus on the issue, this should result in us meeting our targets before too long. All residents should please do their part in disseminating this message, and reporting contraventions to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za where necessary,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.

 Further updates will be released in due course.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

 Media enquiries: Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1303 or Cell: 083 261 9105, E-mail: ernest.sonnenberg@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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