Dire water crisis prompts increased restrictions in Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town has announced Level 5 water restrictions to drive down water consumption as the city grapples with the continuing drought and the winter rainfall season comes to a close.

The upper limit of 87 litres per person and the overall target of 500 million litres per day of collective consumptions remain in place. There is also a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.

Measures to drive down consumption to 500 million litres of water per day are supplemented by other measures to augment the supply of water from non-surface water options by up to 500 million litres of water per day, which are currently underway.

The City has lowered water pressure over the last three and will continue to do so, which is likely to result in supply interruptions being experienced in higher-lying areas of the city’s supply zones for short periods during the day.

Residents and visitors are advised to keep an emergency store of between 2 – 5 litres of water for drinking and basic hygiene at all times.

For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and utilise the water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT.