CITY OF CAPE TOWN 30 JANUARY 2018 STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON 50 litres per day will help us to avoid Day Zero

31 Jan 2018

This week our dashboard shows a slight outward movement of Day Zero to 16 April 2018 (last week it was 12 April 2018) mainly due to a reduction in agricultural releases from the dams over the previous week.

 Dam levels have dropped by 0,9% to 26,3%. Please see http://coct.co/water-dashboard/

Dam levels

26,3%

- 0,9% down

Day Zero

16 April 2018

Last week: 12 April 2018

% of Cape Town saving

55% (based on 87 litres)



New usage target

450 million litres per day



Total usage

580 million litres per day

130 million above the new usage target



Although there are many dedicated water ambassadors whose efforts to help us to avoid Day Zero are remarkable, those who are not rolling up their sleeves should join their neighbours in the fight. We need all water users to join the efforts of Team Cape Town.



Level 6b water restrictions which, among other requirements, set the daily water usage of 50 litres per person per day, will come into effect from 1 February 2018. This is in an effort to drive water usage down further as it is the only way that we can avoid Day Zero.



New water tariffs also come into effect from1 February 2018. Increasing the cost of water should help to change behaviour and to drive down usage further, especially among the high users. All income from the proposed tariff would go towards funding essential water services. The City does not make a profit on water revenue.



Level 6B water restrictions include:

· a daily limit of 50 litres or less per person whether at home, work, school or elsewhere.

· outdoor usage of boreholes is strongly discouraged. Usage for irrigation purposes will be limited to a maximum of one hour only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00.

· borehole/wellpoint water use must be metered and all users are required to keep records and have these available for inspection.

· permission from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to sell or buy borehole/wellpoint water.



Please visit www.capetown.gov/thinkwater for all water-related information, including Level 6B restrictions and FAQs about Day Zero as well as tips to lower usage even further.



Also visit www.capetown.gov.za/watermap to see if your household is painting the city green to avoid Day Zero.



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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town



Media enquiries: Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1306