Guiding consumers since 2009

Cape Town may be in for even stricter water restrictions

By Danielle van Wyk

Cape Town residents should further brace themselves for tougher times as the City of Cape Town (the City) have recently announced that they could potentially be implementing further intensified water restrictions.

“The envisaged Level 4b restrictions would adjust the water usage target downwards to 500 million litres of collective water use per day. This comes as dam levels remain critically low, rainfall uncertainty great, and consumption levels still too high considering the need to start building reserves for the expected tough summer ahead,” the City stated.

According to the City’s updates, dam levels as of yesterday are at 24.5%. Important to note is that the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, so dam levels are effectively at 14.5%.

“Consumption is 630 million litres per day. This is 30 million litres above the current usage target of 600 million litres per day. The City requests consumers to start moving towards the target of 500 million litres, irrespective of whether Level 4b restrictions have been formally implemented or not, by ensuring that all water users use less than 100 litres of water per person per day in total, whether at home, work or elsewhere,” explained the City.

This, in preparation for the proposed intensified restrictions. No clarity around the specifics of what Level 4b water restrictions would entail, have yet been given.

“We must continue to use less than 100 litres of water per person per day in total, whether we are at home, work, school or elsewhere. It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and we must bear in mind that we are expecting an even tougher summer in 2018,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Limberg further stressed the following: “It is incredibly important that we focus on building our reserves at the moment. The danger does exist that we will start exceeding our water usage target due to the cooler conditions and the rainfall that is being experienced at times.”

The City requested that irrespective of whether Level 4b restrictions have not been formally implemented or not, consumer start cutting their usage even further.

In a recent address to big business on the drought, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille added the drought could be the regions “new normal”. This due to challenging and concerning climate change patterns.

Residents are encouraged to visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website.

Recent Articles

Featured How are you taxed on your retrenchment package?

Unemployment is one of the biggest problems in South Africa. The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation with a lot of companies retrenching their employees.  When retrenched, you’ll receive a retrenchment package, but do you know how much tax you’re liable for?

Car repossessed – don’t be taken for a ride

When the country is facing an economic downturn, chances are your finances will feel the pinch. This can lead you to make bad financial decisions such as skipping your vehicle payments. But every decision has consequences and if you don’t pay your instalment, the bank will repossess your car. But what can you do when this happens?

 

Why you should consider gap cover

Your medical aid should protect you from incurring large medical bills when you’re sick. But what if your plan doesn’t cover the full cost of your medical expenses? We got in touch with insurance experts to find out whether gap cover is worth having.

Debt relief - What is your bank offering?

Going through a financial crisis is stressful whether it be as a result of losing your job, being short-paid, having to fork out towards an emergency payment, or finding yourself in the midst of a global pandemic. This is especially taxing if you have a debt to service. It is against this backdrop that banks are increasingly offering payment holidays. Justmoney looks at the various debt relief options available to you from the big five banks.

Deals

Premier Hotel and Resorts Special For Senior Citizens

Price: Available on request
When: Daily
Where: Nationwide

The President hotel 10% discount for locals

Price: Available on request
When: Until 31 October 2020
Where: Cape Town

Get 40% off when you book your stay at Colosseum Hotel

Price: Available on request
When: Until 13 December
Where: Cape Town


Latest Guide

Guide to debt rehabilitation solutions