The City of Cape Town has reported a collective consumption, over the past week, of 532 million litres of water per day, while dam levels showed a further increase of 2%, taking dams to 31.8% full.
The City encourages all water ambassadors to continue saving, and not be tempted to relax water-saving efforts due to the cold and wet weather that Cape Town has been experiencing.
Executive Deputy Mayor for the City of Cape Town, Ian Neilson comments: “This time last year, dam storage levels were at 21.2%. Consumption was 615 million litres per day. We are in a better position today due to the enormous additional savings over the past summer period. At this stage, we need to ensure that we adhere to the targets and restrictions that we have set. The National Department of Water and Sanitation requires Cape Town to get down to a collective usage target of 450 million litres per day. It remains important to get as close to it as possible, to ensure that water resources are stretched in the face of further rainfall uncertainty.”
Neilson continues: “We are keeping up the saving efforts from our side through our ongoing pressure management efforts, among others, and by driving our winter water-saving campaign to encourage our water users to continue being great winter ambassadors.”
Winter water-saving tips according to The City of Cape Town:
Stick to short, stop-start showers.
In winter, water may take a bit longer to heat up. Do not let the cold water run down the drain while waiting for it to heat up, rather collect it in a clean container and use it for drinking or to wash dishes or laundry.
Install flow restrictors on indoor taps to reduce the flow rate to less than six litres per minute. Low-flow showerheads can reduce flow to a maximum of 10 litres per minute. You can also reduce the water pressure to your property by turning your stopcock lower and/or installing a flow restrictor on the main pipe connection from your meter.
Continue to switch between using waterless hand wash where possible and using water and soap.