[LISTEN] CT Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson on why water restrictions have been eased

The City of Cape Town announced that from 1 December 2018 it will lower water restriction from level 5 to level 3. The decision was based on the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest water assessment.

With the introduction of level 3 water restrictions, this now means for Cape Town residents, the daily usage limits will increase from 70 litres per person per day to 105 litres per person per day and collectively usage will increase from 500 million litres to 650 million litres per day.

Very thorough hydrological calculations were made looking at the uses of water around the city including agriculture and the municipalities as well. There are indications of where the dam levels are at this stage. Provided that we provide some level of restriction, we will be able to get through this summer, and still have enough water to ensure that if next winter rainfall is poor, we will survive beyond that.

Ian Nielson - City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor

Households who use less than 6 000 litres per month can expect to a 35,5% reduction on their monthly bill.

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