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Inspectors check properties as water usage remains high <p>​</p><span><p>The City is calling on the public to reduce their non-essential outdoor water usage by 50%. This can be done through various means, such as watering your garden before 09:00 and after 18:00 every day, and less often, and also ensuring your pool has a cover to reduce evaporation losses. </p><p> </p><p>'Water usage is high, and dam levels are dropping. We are urging residents and businesses to help the City by doing the right thing to use less water this summer, particularly those who have gardens and pools, as the water used for these often results in extra high (peak) summer usage in the heat every year. Reducing this non-essential use helps keep our dams and reservoirs fuller for longer to benefit all of us in the long run. We had below-average rainfall last year, and this could happen again this year. Using less water will also help reduce the impact of ongoing load-shedding on our water supply system.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DSC_2941.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:906px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'We all use water every day - indoors and outdoors - so we all have the opportunity to save. Let's all be water wise, particularly outdoors, and comply with schedule 1 of the City's Water By-law. At this stage, a transgressor can be issued a spot fine each time they are caught in the act of transgressing the by-law, such as not watering at the correct times and the swimming pool not being covered. </p><p> </p><p>'Checking properties for compliance with the City's Water By-law is one of the ways the City aims to help reduce water wastage. Other ongoing efforts include programmes such as leak detection in the City's water supply pipeline network, annual pipe replacement, and pressure management. Cape Town, we are in this together. We have done this before so I am confident we can work together again – this time to cut non-essential outdoor water use in half to stay below the 850 million litres daily usage target. Thank you to our residents who are complying,' said Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation Councillor Siseko Mbandezi.<br></p><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DSC_3086.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:920px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><strong>About the water inspectors</strong></p><p>The City's Water inspectorate is responsible for monitoring and enforcing Water By-laws and its related policies, standards and procedures by:</p><p> </p><ul><li><strong>Conducting regular/daily building site inspections</strong> to ensure proper water related installation materials are used and are SABS approved; also to ensure compliance with the relevant SANS code of practices with the aim to issue a Certificate of Approval on completion</li><li><strong>Engaging with contractors/plumbers</strong> daily, regarding construction projects in progress. This is to ensure legislative compliance, water conservation, prevention of water contamination and availability of a sustainable water supply;</li><li><strong>Attending to complaints</strong> (e.g – water quality related, theft and wastage, etc) and <strong>educating the public</strong> on how to preserve this precious resource and the importance of working with us to satisfy the Water By-law requirements;</li><li><strong>Inspecting plumbing installations under construction</strong> and issue relevant Certificates of Compliance as may be required; e.g investigating existing Alternate Water Systems such as well points, borehole, rainwater tanks, etc. where the consumer has failed to notify the City of such installations. This is to ensure that the installation complies with the City's guidelines and water-related by-laws for safe use and to minimise any health risks that may arise. It is also to check that plumbing is being done properly and won't result in water losses in future. Furthermore, such inspections seek to ensure that rainwater from gutters is not being directed into the sewer system as this will create flooding and result in sewer overflows , etc.</li><li><strong>Conducting blitz operations/targeted enforcement</strong> on certain by-law measures in areas as and when required, sometimes done with other enforcement agencies e.g Water Pollution Control Inspectors; Solid Waste, Environmental Health, supported by Law Enforcement; Green and Blue Scorpions from province and national departments mandated as custodians of the Environment and Water, consecutively.</li><li><strong>Issuing contravention notices,</strong>  section 56 (spot fines) and sections 54 (summons)of the Criminal Procedure Act for by-law contraventions where required. <br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DSC_2982.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:848px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'Thank you to our water inspectorate team who are out and about daily, doing the best they can to ensure that water is saved through various interventions. This is not an easy task because of factors such as staff safety and challenges with tracing transgressors. But every intervention matters, as every drop of water counts,' said Councillor Mbandezi.  </p><p> <br></p><p>For more information visit: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/savewater" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/savewater</a> <br></p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2023-03-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b984ba40-7f8f-464c-9ddf-5b87de3861ac;L0|#0b984ba40-7f8f-464c-9ddf-5b87de3861ac|water usage;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5;L0|#0c051804d-9325-43b9-997f-daafb2e20bd5|think water;GPP|#8f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc73756710

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