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Cape Town residents can use more water from next month

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Official: Vast majority of South African residents have access to clean water supply

The City of Cape Town announced that the water restrictions would be relaxed from level 5 to level 3, giving residents access to more water per individual.

Mayor Dan Plato said on Thursday, 29 November 2018, that water restrictions would be relaxed from 70 litres per person per day to 105 litres per person per day.

The City of Cape Town said the new restrictions would be implemented from Saturday, 1 December 2018. This means that the city is currently experiencing level 3 water restrictions, down from level 5.

The city had been experiencing the level 5 restrictions since October 2018 when they were relaxed from level 6B. At this time the dams had filled up by 75 per cent.

Water and sanitation tariffs would also be decreased significantly. Capetonians would be paying R69.76 for 35kl or more of water as opposed to the R345.00 that they are currently being charged. The sanitation tariff for the maximum 35kl would cost R52.96, down from R124.30.

Plato said he felt citizens would appreciate the change considering the time of year. “I know it’s been tough. I hope this reduction brings some comfort over the festive season,” he said.

The mayor emphasised the need for people to continue using water sparingly. “We will still need to be water wise as we don’t know what the next rainy season holds,” Plato said.

Xiletelo Mabasa