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Cape Town level 4 water restrictions: All previous water exemptions revoked

Use 100 litres a day per person Capetonians starting right now!

Planned Level 4 water restrictions look set to go ahead once ratified by a Cape Town City Council meeting on June 1.

But there is no reason to wait.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services, says everyone should be using no more than 100l of water a day...starting right now!

The latest dam levels are at 21.6%, so that means 11.6% of usable water.

Unfortunately, there is still an increase in consumption. We are sitting at 710ml of collective use per day. And that is obviously a result of the heat. As it gets hotter the people tend to consume more water.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services

We are urging residents to only use drinkable or municipal water for essential purposes. And this is what is entailed in the Level 4 water restrictions that will be going to our mayoral committee meeting today for consideration and recommendation for council to implement.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services

Level 4 will be a tighter version of level 3b says Limberg.

It includes no watering or irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed at all. Previously, in level 3b, we allowed our customers to water on a Tuesday and a Saturday between certain hours. That is no longer allowed.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services

In addition to that, you are encouraged to flush your toilets manually with buckets using grey water, rain water or other non-drinking water.

No irrigation with municipal water allowed at all.

No washing of vehicles, trailers, or caravans, or boats using municipal water. May only use non-drinking water or waterless products

No topping of swimming pools at all, either manually or automatically.

Consumers encouraged to use 100l per day per person.

Those using boreholes or treated effluent water, spring water or well points are encouraged not to irrigate within 7 days after rainfall.

Most importantly as part of level 4, all exemptions granted under level 2 or level 3 restrictions are no longer applicable and have been revoked. So you need to make applications again.

Kieno raised issues around water leaks. He says listeners are still contacting Capetalk reporting that water leaks are not being fixed timeously.

She assures that water response teams have been jacked up, response times should be improving and says anyone can make personal contact with her if there are any delays.

What will be done when the taps run dry?

All water supply schemes on track for implementation, the procurement processes has been completed and will provide yield by end of July, she says.

Take a listen as Xanthea Limberg outlines the Level 4 water restrictions.

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