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City of Cape Town wants water restrictions relaxed as dam levels rise

The City of Cape Town wants water restrictions relaxed… albeit marginally and has put forward its proposal to the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).

Aquifer Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town wants “marginal lowering of water restrictions” as dam levels continued to rise, with latest figures putting them at over 60%.

The City said in a statement that the call comes on the back of risk-based analysis. The proposal has been put forward to the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).

Here’s what the City’s water restriction relaxation would entail

Urban restriction be relaxed from 45% to 40% and the agricultural restriction be relaxed from 60% to 50%.

The statement said:

These restriction levels were imposed by the DWS as part of the response to the severe drought in order to preserve the water in the dams supplying Cape Town, the Western Cape and the agricultural sector.

This means, for instance, that Cape Town is required to reduce usage by 45% of what it would normally be allocated. This is also how the City’s target of reaching 450 million litres of water per day, or 50 litres per person per day, was calculated.

The statement continued:

As the water supply situation has improved adequately, it is essential that an appropriate relaxation of restrictions takes place as soon as possible, not only so that economic activity can be improved, but also so that water tariffs can be relaxed from the current high levels to give the necessary tariff relief to households and businesses.


The City thanked consumers for their continued water-saving efforts, saying:

This effort is helping to build a buffer against the summer months ahead. As always, we are grateful to our water users for all of the effort and sacrifices that have been made to get us all through this extreme phenomenon.

The DWS has vowed to respond by 31 August.