USE WATER ONLY WHEN NECESSARY AND RE-USE IT
CAPE TOWN – reached the end game in the drought crises on Monday as City’s authorities issued a “critical warning” to all residents and businesses to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately
At the time this edition went to print, the City’s mayoral committee was expected to ask council on Tuesday to ratchet up water restrictions to Level 4, effectively banning the use of all municipal water for outside and non-essential purposes.
A City statement said dam levels as of Monday May 15 were at 21.2%, which is 0.8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at 11.2%
“We are essentially saying that you are only allowed to use a bit of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We are reaching a critical point in this drought crises,” said Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy.
The city has called for residents to:
- Use water only for drinking, washing and cooking.
- Only flush the toilet when necessary.
- Take short two-minutes shower.
- Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use it to to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning.
- Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water.
- Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen, for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking etc.
- Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dish-washers.
- Residents can contact the City at Water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can SMS to 3173. The report said.
PHOTO: Peter Okafor/ExpressCapetown