As we know, the city of Cape Town is currently experiencing a very serious drought. The insufficient rainfall and rapidly declining dam levels have led to this unprecedented water crisis.

Every day Capetonians are urged to save water wherever possible, and the City is asking for emergency measures to be taken.

The city has advised for water usage to be cut to less than 87 litres, per person, per day. Municipal drinking water is only to be used for essential washing, cooking and drinking purposes, and only to be used indoors. It’s also been urged that everyone check and fix all leaks on their property. Use the online Think Water calculator to see how much water you’re using daily.

Emergency plans have been initiated by the city, as well as dredging being implemented at our dams. Watch below to see the measures the City has taken to continue to bring water to Cape Town residents.

Amidst the drought and water crisis, we all need to reduce consumption and save water wherever possible. A number of exhibitions regarding water saving technologies and innovations are taking place across Cape Town and surrounding areas from July and through August.

28 – 29 July 2017, Golden Acre Shopping Centre, Cape Town
4 – 6 August 2017, V&A Waterfront Mall, Cape Town
11 – 13 August 2017, Blue Route Shopping Centre, Tokai
12 August 2017, Nyanga Junction Shopping Centre, Nyanga
26 August 2017, Maynard Mall, Wynberg

The City of Cape Town has officially approved Level 4b water restrictions, effective from 1 July 2017 until further notice. The Level 4b restriction entails a ban on all use of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes. Find out more about residential, commercial water restrictions so you can do your part in saving the City’s water.

Report any water restriction offences or issues, such as burst pipes or faulty meters, using these contact details:

Call – 0860 103 089
Email[email protected]
Online through the Service Requests tool
SMS – 31373
Whatsapp – 063 407 3699

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Nikki Louw

Nikki Louw is an avid food eater and wine drinker with a passion for writing about it too. She's a creative by heart, with a love for visual arts and feature writing, which she applies everyday in covering culture, art and food and drink pieces. She also enjoys writing trending news pieces and exploring topics such as gender issues and social consciousness. Outside of the Journalism realm, Nikki tries her hand at painting and drawing. She has a collection of unfinished canvases and completed oil paintings alike, stacking up in the corner of her bedroom.