Capetonians queue for water at the Newlands Spring
Cape Town - From today, 1 February 2018, Level 6b water restrictions take effect and will limit Capetonians to just 50 litres of water per day.

Essentially, residents should now use 18 litres of water for washing and laundry, 15 litres for showering, nine litres to flush their toilets, three litres for daily hygiene, two litres for cooking, two litres for drinking water and one litre for animals.

Mayor Patricia de Lille, who is not allowed to speak on the water crisis, said: “We all need to pull together now more than ever to combat the drought, and so I appeal to all councillors to get behind all water-savings campaigns.”

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Below are the full list of restrictions:

  • A daily limit of 50 litres or less per person whether at home, work, or school;
  • Outdoor usage of boreholes is strongly discouraged. Usage for irrigation purposes will be limited to a maximum of one hour only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am and after 6pm;
  • Borehole/well-point water use must be metered, records must be kept and be available for inspection;
  • Permission from the national department of Water and Sanitation is needed to sell or buy borehole/well-point water;
  • Agricultural users need to reduce usage by 60% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought);
  • Commercial properties need to reduce usage by 45% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought);
  • Residential units using excessive amounts of water will be fined or have water management devices installed;
  • Hosing down of paved surfaces with municipal drinking water is illegal;
  • Irrigation or watering with municipal drinking water is illegal;
  • No use of portable play pools;
  • Washing of vehicles, trailers or caravans with municipal water is illegal;
  • Filling/topping up of private swimming pools with municipal water is illegal;
  • Water features may not use municipal drinking and water;
  • Residents are encouraged to install water efficient parts to minimise water use at all taps, shower-heads and other plumbing mechanisms.


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