What does level 5 water restrictions mean for all of us
Driving water consumption down to 500 million litres a day: Level 5 restrictions announced
The City of Cape Town will be taking a number of new actions to drive down water consumption. This includes the institution of Level 5 restrictions and a further increase in pressure management.
The upper limit of 87 litres per person and the overall target of 500 million litres per day of collective consumptions remain in place, however, there is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.
Notwithstanding the immense effort that many Capetonians have taken to reduce water consumption during the last year, there needs to be a further decrease in consumption if Cape Town is to safely navigate itself through the drought.
Since 1 July, the City’s goal has been to reduce consumption to 500 million litres per day. As of 1st of October, consumption stood at 599 million litres per day. With the winter rainfall season likely to end in the next three to four weeks, we simply have to get used to using less water as we enter the summer season.
This means further rules to be implemented
- The managers of commercial properties must with immediate effect ensure that their monthly consumption of the municipal supply of water is reduced by 20% compared with a year ago.
- Commercial water users can reduce their consumption by installing water-efficient plumbing fittings and water-saving devices.
- Businesses to promote water- saving habits among staff and facility managers
- 87-litre per person limit remains in place. However, the cap on individual domestic property usage is now set at 20 kl per month, beyond which the property owner will be subject to a very high fine. The fines are expected to be in the region of R5 000 to R10 000. Confirmation of fines will be announced shortly.
- All users, whether in the domestic or commercial sector, are required to remain vigilant with regard to water use.
- If high usage the water By-law, the installation of a water management device (the cost of which will be billed to the account holder). Installation of these devices in the households of the most excessive users commenced on the 1st of September 2017 and will be ramped up in the coming weeks.
- The City has made considerable strides with regard to lowering water pressure over the last three months, which has contributed to reducing overall consumption of municipal water. There is, however, room for further measures to reduce water pressure, which will commence immediately.