“This is good going, Team Cape Town. This week’s usage is 5-million litres lower than the previous week’s usage but is still 66-million litres above the required usage target of 450 million for Cape Town. Dam levels decline by 0,5% to 21,5% over the past week,” he said.
Neilson said the city’s plan was to save 52-million litres per day and they have achieved this ahead of schedule.
“We are constantly seeing water-saving world-firsts in the making and we must continue our efforts to stretch our water supplies. We have to continue to strive to meet our 50-litre target. Judging from what we have achieved thus far, we can do it. We must use only 450-million litres per day to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year, come rain or shine.”
With regards to other water augmentation plans, Neilson said the first water has been delivered at the Waterfront desalination plant which has a capacity for producing two-million litres per day.
Work also continues at other desalination plants and on the aquifer programmes, according to Neilson.
He assured residents that all of these efforts, together with their efforts, will help to ensure that water supplies are stretched in the face of low and unpredictable rainfall.