The City of Cape Town is planning to install roughly 2 000 water management devices per week on properties of excessive water users to forcibly slow down consumption, mayoral committee member Xanthea Limberg said on Monday.

In the statement, Limberg said that the devices will only allow water consumption on 350l per day on the pre-identified properties. “The days are numbered for the delinquent water users,” she concluded.

The City of Cape Town introduced level 5 water restrictions in August, which seek to limit individual water consumption to 87l per day. On Monday, citywide water consumption stood at 622 million litres per day, 122 million litres above the city’s target of 500 million litres per day. Collective consumption stood at 624 million litres per day on September 18.

Limberg said drought is the city’s “new normal.”

“We need the whole of society to stand with us and to help us to get through this drought, but also to start laying the building blocks for a more resilient city over our longer-term future,” she said.


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