Cape Town’s Level 4B Water Restrictions Explained – All You Need to Know
It all sounds like numbers and letters, designed as a scare tactic to make sure no Capetonians waste water.
Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current unprecedented water crisis; Knysna has been the hardest hit, with devastating runaway fires that all but destroyed the popular holiday town.
The City of Cape Town has called on all residents to immediately take the following 3 steps to avoid a completely dry situation:
- Cut your water use to less than 87 litres, per person, per day – find out how
- Use municipal drinking water only for essential washing, cooking and drinking purposes, and only use indoors
- Check and fix all leaks on your property
Further rules for ALL Capetonians include:
- No hosing down of paved surfaces with municipal drinking water.
- No irrigation/watering with municipal drinking water allowed.
- No washing of vehicles and boats with municipal water. (Commercial car washes may apply for exemption.)
- Private swimming pools may not be topped up or filled with municipal drinking water.
- Use of portable play pools prohibited.
- Water features may not use municipal drinking water.
Officials address some residents’ concerns over the health and safety over the limited amount of water that is available – “Don’t worry if your water is cloudy, slightly discoloured, or tastes different during times of water restrictions. Lower dam levels and changes in the water distribution system can lead to these temporary changes. Cape Town’s water quality is monitored continuously and all water supplied to your tap is safe to drink.”
Information Sourced from CapeTown.gov.za