Level 5 restriction - Water News

Cape Town dam levels decline slightly, consumption down and weather is cooler.

Dam levels have declined slightly by 0,6% over the last week to 74,1 % of storage capacity. 
 
The average water consumption decreased by 34 million litres per day to 559 million litres per day for the past week. 
 
The City is encouraged that usage remains in this range as the City still has to adhere to the limits imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). By December, the DWS is expected to communicate its decision about what the water usage limit for Cape Town will be for the year ahead. 
 
Level 5 restriction don’ts
•                No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption
•                No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed
•                No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water
•                No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water
•                The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited
•                All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover
•                The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited
•                Should borehole/well-point water be used for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers
•                The operation of spray parks is prohibited
•                No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water
 
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