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National Water Week : Cape Town dam levels increase to 75,4% <p>​In recognition of National Water Week, starting from today, Monday 15 March, residents are reminded to continue using water responsibly so that together, we can protect and conserve this very precious resource. <br> <br>‘Cape Town has demonstrated to the world that we have the ability to come together and overcome even the most serious drought in our history. Even today our water consumption remains much lower than before the drought, indicating a fundamental shift in our attitude to water. This is a moment for Cape Town to acknowledge and even celebrate what we have achieved so far,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg. <br> <br>Although drought-linked water restrictions were lifted from 1 November 2020, the following regulations in the City’s Water By-law are in effect at all times: <br><br><strong>Outdoor water use and groundwater </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Watering only allowed before 09:00 or after 18:00 (to avoid evaporation losses in the heat of the day). This applies to watering with municipal drinking water, and is also recommended for alternative water e.g. borehole and well-point water.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Automated sprinkler systems (where permitted) must be able to be correctly positioned and be able to be adjusted to prevent water wastage. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hosepipes used for watering or washing vehicles, boats and caravans (when permitted) must be fitted with a controlling device such as a spray nozzle or automatic self-closing device. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water allowed. Water users, such as abattoirs, food-processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs (health/safety related only) must apply for exemption. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Outdoor taps, except those on residential properties, must be secured to prevent unauthorised use. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The City recommends that alternative water sources like boreholes and well-point water be used sparingly and efficiently. </div></li><br><strong>Efficiency of taps, toilets and showers </strong><li><div style="text-align:left;">The maximum flow rate of new and replaced showerheads may not exceed seven litres per minute. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The maximum flow rate of any tap installed at a washbasin may not exceed six litres per minute.   </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">New or replaced toilet cisterns may not exceed six litres in capacity. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Basins and showers provided at public facilities must be fitted with demand-type taps.</div></li><br><strong>Swimming pools </strong><li><div style="text-align:left;">All swimming pools must be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Automatic top up systems using a float valve fed from a municipal drinking water source to supply swimming pools and garden ponds are not allowed.</div></li><br><strong>Car washes </strong><li><div style="text-align:left;">Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best-practice norms regarding water usage per car washed (e.g. recycling and re-using a minimum of 50% of the water used).</div></li><br><strong>Construction sites </strong><li><div style="text-align:left;">Municipal drinking water may not be used to dampen building sand and other building material to prevent it from being blown away.</div></li><br><strong>Leaks:</strong><li><div style="text-align:left;">Check your water fittings and pipes regularly for leaks. Residents can learn how to do so here.</div></li><br>For more information on new water sources, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, as well as tariff information, please visit <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater" target="_blank">http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a> <br> <br>More information about the City’s Water Strategy can be found here: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/general/cape-town-water-strategy" target="_blank">http://www.capetown.gov.za/general/cape-town-water-strategy</a>  <br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></ul>2021-03-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#8f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc737567;L0|#08f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc737567|water restrictions;GP0|#c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5;L0|#0c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5|think water;GPP|#8f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc73756710

 

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