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Water use still above target, but savings efforts are evident<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Dam%20levels_Voelvlei.jpg" /><figcaption> <p> <b>Voëlvlei Dam</b><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town informs residents that, despite a reduction in water usage over the course of the last week, as a whole we are still failing to collectively achieve the required water savings. If we are to prevent our dams from being drawn to dangerous levels, our entire city’s water use should not exceed exceed 800 million litres per day over the coming summer months.</p><p>The reduction in overall water use from 905 million litres during the previous week to 870 million litres last week still exceeds the target of 800 million litres per day required to achieve the required 20% saving.</p><p>With dams levels now sitting at 51,2%, our margin of safety continues to dwindle, and with this in mind inserts are being placed into the rates accounts of all residents this month detailing the water restrictions as well as the new tariffs. Once these have been distributed, ignorance can no longer be accepted as an excuse.</p><span><p><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Dam%20levels_Berg%20River.jpg" /><figcaption> <p> <b>Berg River Dam</b><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></p><p>‘We are thankful to those who are going out of their way to save water. In this age of convenience, turning off the shower while soaping or collecting the rinse water from the dishes may seem tiresome, however once the period of adjustment is over I am certain that many families will start to wonder how they used to spend so much on water.</p><p>‘We would also like to again extend the call for residents to report contraventions via e-mail to <a href="mailto:water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za">water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za</a> as this will identify the areas where unjustifiably high water consumption is occurring and allow us to correct this. With the implementation of Level 3 restrictions, we have noticed a much greater willingness on the part of our residents to make these reports. In fact, we’ve received more reports since 1 November 2016 than we did during the whole of Level 2 restrictions. If we are able to maintain or even improve on these figures going forward, this is sure to have a big impact on the prospects of our dams,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p></span></span>2016-12-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc737567;L0|#08f0aed5b-4ba7-472c-92c5-c1c5bc737567|water restrictions;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543;L0|#04aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543|dam levels;GP0|#b984ba40-7f8f-464c-9ddf-5b87de3861ac;L0|#0b984ba40-7f8f-464c-9ddf-5b87de3861ac|water usage1

 

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