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Water consumption trending in the right direction despite recent rain<p>The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that water consumption is trending in the right direction, reaching a record low of 505 million litres per day over the past week. Dam levels have also gone up from 20% to 20.9% due to recent rains</p><p>Record savings are encouraging in light of recent rainfall, which could possibly have led to some of us relaxing our efforts. This is testament to the admirable manner in which most Capetonians are shouldering the responsibility they have to use water conscientiously. These efforts will go a long way to ensuring that the City will make it safely through the winter. </p><p>Although recent consumption data reflect great commitment from residents, we are still to reach our target of 450 million litres per day. In order to meet this target we not only need to remain committed, but also “work smarter”. Knowing exactly how much water one uses for washing dishes (or using a dishwasher), washing clothes (or using a washing machine), and showering (for less than two minutes), instead of bathing can go a long way, especially when we have such little margin for error. </p><p>In the case of washing machines and dishwashers, it is possible to find out how much water each cycle uses by consulting the instruction manual, or by entering the make and model number of the appliance into Google. Otherwise residents can work this out with a fair degree of accuracy by taking a reading at their water meter both before and after running a wash or taking a shower. Widespread adoption of this kind of monitoring and evaluation at the household level will likely be key to unlocking the final 50 million litres of savings that is required to meet the allocation by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. </p><p>Residents can find a list of restrictions, frequently asked questions, and tools to save water by visiting <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a>.</p><p><strong>End </strong></p>2018-04-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543;L0|#04aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543|dam levels;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b177dbdf-8304-4ceb-96ea-4ad972596ab6;L0|#0b177dbdf-8304-4ceb-96ea-4ad972596ab6|water consumption;GP0|#c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5;L0|#0c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5|think water;GPP|#8f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc7375671

 

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