Capetonians are urged to lower their water use during March, which is also Water Month, as dam levels are on a steady decline.
Dams that supply Cape Town’s water have declined by 1.1 percent over the past two weeks. The storage capacity currently sits at 52.2 percent. However, Capetonians have heeded the call to use water sparingly, as the city’s consumption has dropped to 605 million litres per day.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced that National Water Week will commence from 18 to 24 March 2019 and has urged all South Africans to conserve water as some parts of the country see an end to the rainy season.
This year’s campaign is themed “Leaving no one behind; water for all” and it aims to hold the government accountable for its obligation to provide clean water to all its citizens.
The Level 3 restrictions mean that Capetonians are limited to a daily usage of only 105 litre per person, regardless of whether one is at school, work or at home.
Motorists are also urged to wash vehicles using water buckets only. Residents are also encouraged to flush toilets using grey water, rain water or any other non-drinking water.
In the wake of this restriction, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has opened a litigation case against the City of Cape Town and has urged residents with high water bills to come forward and join the case. In September 2018, the party filed a case against the City after several complaints about high water bills from residents.
“Our goal is to get more litigants to get relief. We plan on embarking on a door-to-door campaign this week and we want people to come forward,” said ANC’s Western Cape elections head Ebrahim Rasool.