Residents have managed to bring down their water usage to 522-million litres per day over the past week. This is 43-million litres less than the previous week’s consumption.

Th City, however, still requires that Capetonians reduce their collective usage to 450-million litres per day, or 50 litres per person.

“We need to achieve this target in order to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year,” said Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson.

“The more water we use, the faster our dam levels decline. In the past week, dam levels have fallen by 0.5% to 22.2%, despite the rain that was received, primarily on March 24.”

The City is still planning to implement several water-saving measures, as it is difficult to estimate how much rainfall the City will receive in the coming winter.

According to Neilson, water management devices continue to be installed across the city to the connections of high water consumers. Repair teams are also working around the clock to repair and detect leaks.

“Level 6B water restrictions remain in place, and consumers are receiving bills based on Level 6 tariffs. This means that the more water that residents use, the more they will pay,” Neilson said.

The City has also been expanding its pressure testing rollout, with the purpose of implementing more automated pressure zones across the metro area. This will help reduce water usage to just 50l per person per day.

This technology will reduce the pressure of the flow of water and will help to reduce water usage.

Testing is taking place across the metro and recently-tested areas include the Cape Town CBD, Green Point, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Salt River, Epping, Delft, Brooklyn and Dunoon.

Major dams

Storage

Ml (Megalitres)

%

Capacity when full

March 27, 2018

Berg River

130 010

46.0

Steenbras Lower

33 517

38.1

Steenbras Upper

31 767

82.0

Theewaterskloof

480 188

10.6

Voƫlvlei

164 095

14.5

Wemmershoek

58 644

43.8

Total Stored Ml

898 221

199 095

% Storage

22.2

These are the current dam levels as of 27/03/2018.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.