Cape Town could face even further water restrictions if water consumption does not reduce and there is no rain.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has disclosed that dam levels have now dropped to below 40%.

The article states: “MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said despite the hard work being done to reduce consumption, water use remains high and dam levels are falling fast.

“It is massively concerning to see dam levels on average at 39.4%. We are still some way off from our rainy season and therefore, once more, call on consumers to assist us in using water responsibly.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and municipalities are implementing additional measures including restrictions and tariff increases where necessary.”

The City of Cape Town has now adopted level 3B water restrictions from 1 February 2017.

In an address to council on Thursday, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said dam levels were far too low at 40,4%, but despite this, the collective usage of water had not dropped to required levels.

Continued high water usage had forced city authorities to consider more drastic water restrictions as dam levels had reached critically low levels due to the continued drought.

What does Level 3B mean?

Restrictions applicable to residential customers: (for a full outline of the Level 3b restrictions, click here).

– No washing of vehicles or boats, using municipal drinking water. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.
– Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
– Manual topping up of swimming pools allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
– The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
– No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350L a day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.

What can you do as a resident in Cape Town to help save water?

Did you know: Most homes use well under 1 000 litres per day (30 kl per month). If you use more than this, you are a considered a high water consumer. (Refer to the City of Cape Town’s website for more information.

Team EcoCore would like to remind all Cape Town residents of our #WaterSavingExpert Motto.  In all our work, we pride ourselves on ensuring water saving devices are fitted where possible and our clients are fully aware of ways to save our precious resource.

Bathroom water saving tips:

  1. Close the tap when brushing your teeth.
  2. Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water.
  3. Shower rather than bath – a half-filled bath uses 113 litres of water, while a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres.
  4. Install a water-saving showerhead, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force, and turn off the shower when soaping.
  5. Reuse bath water in your garden.
  6. Install a new water-saving toilet.
  7. Check if your toilet is leaking.

EcoCore Plumbing can assist you in assessing your bathroom and your home for any excess water usage areas.  We can provide you with water saving devices on all your fittings too.

Get in touch with us today to book your appointment.