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Where does my water come from? <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Where does my water come from?</h2></span> <p>Water vapour rises in clouds off the ocean and falls as rain on the mountains surrounding Cape Town. From there, it trickles down mountain streams and rivers to be stored in one of the 14 dams supplying Cape Town. On its way to Cape Town, your water passes through pipelines tunnelling through mountain ranges, through pump stations or an electricity generator, is cleaned and made safe to drink at one of the City’s 12 treatment plants, is stored in a reservoir, and then travels through kilometres of pipes to reach your tap. </p><div class="responsive-media"> <iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cswbC0nD-e8" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p> </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info toptip">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Top tip</h4><p> <b>Learn about the urban water cycle: </b>Find information on Cape Town’s catchment areas, dams and how we treat water and convey it via the water network to your tap​ in our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Water%20Services%20and%20Urban%20Water%20Cycle.pdf" target="_blank"> Water Services and the Cape Town Urban Water Cycle booklet</a>.</p></div></div></span> <p>To find out where your water comes from, view our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Maps%20and%20statistics/Where%20does%20my%20water%20come%20from_water%20distribution.pdf" target="_blank">map of water distribution areas in Cape Town​</a>. </p><p>Cape Town obtains its drinking water from different dams and groundwater sources, so the water coming out of your tap depends on where you are situated in the city. Please note that our map is only an approximate guide, as the water reticulation system is integrated and much mixing occurs within the pipes and reservoirs. The City also switches between water sources, especially during water restrictions, to optimise raw water resources. <br> <br>Learn more about residential and commercial <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/water-restrictions-explained"> water restricitions</a>.<br><br><strong>To find out more about  Cape Town's regional water sources, see our poster:</strong></p><p> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/A3_water_resources_Eng.pdf" target="_blank">Regional Water Resources (English)</a><br><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/A3_water_resources_Eng_Afr.pdf" target="_blank">Regional Water Resources (Afrikaans)</a></p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Help us save water</h2></span> <p>Living in a water-scarce region means that it’s up to all of us to use water wisely. Make a difference by applying these <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/saving-water">water-saving tips</a> at home, at your business or organisation.</p>GP0|#98409b8c-b662-4875-a81d-bfbc87d3cd8f;L0|#098409b8c-b662-4875-a81d-bfbc87d3cd8f|Where does my water come from?;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#dc7d603c-ae6b-49eb-8ff7-8f48e6169510;GPP|#99fac000-f3ac-4774-9ffd-e5e59a130e21;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;GP0|#e49915a0-d62a-4aac-8b64-d2655631119d;L0|#0e49915a0-d62a-4aac-8b64-d2655631119d|Where does my water come from?;GPP|#b7d85630-8bda-4b28-adc9-6def4cb10e31;GPP|#a3964d56-b74d-4d64-95c1-ff381a88a277;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711Discover where your water comes from, and learn about the specific water sources supplying your part of the city.

 

 

Regional Water Resources Poster (Eng/Afr)5627965GP0|#591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6;L0|#0591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6|Poster;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#5340fe0b-73a7-472c-bef7-04e450fb5c4f;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1;L0|#0816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1|Map;GPP|#2ee73080-1b32-4320-889d-034e60d31b3a2015-12-31T22:00:00Z
Regional Water Resources Poster (English)2079672GP0|#591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6;L0|#0591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6|Poster;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#5340fe0b-73a7-472c-bef7-04e450fb5c4f;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1;L0|#0816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1|Map;GPP|#2ee73080-1b32-4320-889d-034e60d31b3a2015-12-31T22:00:00Z
Water Distribution Areas Map 2437548GP0|#816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1;L0|#0816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1|Map;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2ee73080-1b32-4320-889d-034e60d31b3a;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2015-12-31T22:00:00Z
Water Services and the Cape Town Urban Water Cycle Booklet3776727GP0|#5702b03d-251a-4a3f-8243-b5b3f7bb764a;L0|#05702b03d-251a-4a3f-8243-b5b3f7bb764a|Booklet;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#5340fe0b-73a7-472c-bef7-04e450fb5c4f;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2018-08-24T10:00:00Z

 

 

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