City of Cape Town: Let’s paint this city green

2 min read

The City of Cape Town has launched its water map and has issued a call on all to paint Cape Town green with their water saving efforts.

The city is working hard to avoid Day Zero which is estimated to kick in on 22 April 2018.

In a statement the city said that some 54% of our consumers are saving water to avoid Day Zero. “We need absolutely everyone to come on board because the prospect of queuing daily for an allocation of 25 litres per person is a reality and we must do more to avoid it at all cost. Day Zero comes when our dam levels reach 13.5% and most taps will be turned off.”

The water map marks residential properties using less than 10 500 litres per month with green dots. According to the city, the map is a transparent tool and will assist in actively managing and reducing consumption to avoid Day Zero. “The greener we go, the more we push Day Zero away. The map shows that many households across Cape Town are working hard to save water as part of the effort to get us through our worst drought.”

While consumers save, the City is pulling out all the stops to deliver additional water as fast as possible from groundwater, desalination and water reuse sources.

At this critical stage, water consumption remains too high for too many homes. The residential sector uses approximately 65% of our water allocation. This sector holds the key to helping us avoid Day Zero.

Each household must reduce their consumption within the water restriction limits. Please check your consumption and ensure everyone in your householdis using less than 87 litres per person per day.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows:

• Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
• Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
• Grey dot: estimated readings when the water meter is not read for some reason; or if no information is available for the property

Households with higher consumption may have many people living on the property or may have an undetected water leak. The City continues its interventions with these users.

The map only shows consumption for free-standing houses and not cluster housing, flats or other land uses. In addition, the map shows consumption for the previous month and is updated around the third week of the following month. For example, January 2018 consumption information will be available in the third week of February 2018.

For more information click here