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Given the warm and dry weather experienced over the past two weeks, the City’s ongoing pressure management initiatives and the water-saving efforts of its residents remain critical.
"It shows how important it is for us all to manage that which we can control, such as how much water we use and what we use it for. This drought has repeatedly shown us how unpredictable rainfall is," said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson.
"We need to ensure that we do everything in our power to help our dams recover as much as possible so that we are prepared for the summer months ahead."
Average water consumption for the past week decreased by 32 million litres to 498 million litres per day. This is especially encouraging as there has been very little rain of late
Dam levels again improved slightly by 0,4% to 56,8% of storage capacity
The City’s water map shows there are now more than 400 000 households for whom water saving has become a way of life
‘The latest water map for June shows that a record number of households, more than 400 000 in total, have achieved a green dot for their water-saving efforts. Roughly half of these households have gotten a dark green dot for usage below 6 000 litres per month. This is exactly what we need to help us navigate the climatic uncertainty. Well done, Cape Town,’ added Neilson.
Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
Grey dot with small dark green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 6 000 litres per month
Grey dot with small light green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 10 500 litres per month
Solid grey dot: excluded property (including sectional title property or group housing / undeveloped property/water use is zero/no available information for the property/estimated water meter reading of more than 10 500 litres per month)
The map only indicates water consumption for free-standing houses not compliance with water restriction limits. Households with higher consumption may have many people living on the property and may have applied for a water quota increase, or may have an undetected water leak.
The map shows consumption information from meters read in the previous month, and may include a portion of consumption from the preceding month. This information is updated from the third week of the following month.
Households using more than 10 500 litres per month are not shown on the map. The point of this map is to encourage positive behaviour and not to single out bad behaviour. However, remember that consumption higher than 10 500 litres per month (no green dot) does not necessarily indicate water abuse.