Cape Town water crisis

These nine suburbs have experienced water rationing in Cape Town

These are the nine suburbs that have reported low pressure or no water, factors associated with pressure reduction/rationing in areas across the city.

Cape Town water crisis

The Cape Town water crisis continues to bite and while politicians seem to be dragging their feet to implement augmentation measures, they are taking steps to limit supply.

“Water rationing” was confirmed last week whereby residents in high lying areas can expect disruptions to water supply during peak consumption in the mornings between 05:00 and 09:00, and in the evenings between 17:00 and 21:00.

But the City of Cape Town has been sketchy on exactly which areas those will be. However, a report on IOL names Camps Bay, Parow, Constantia, Bishops Court, Wallacedene, Fairfield Estate, Capri Village, Plattekloof and Woodstock as areas where there have been reports of some sort of rationing.

This according to Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy.

“It cannot be said that areas that experience outages are not abiding by Level 5 restrictions. People may be sticking to their daily quota but when many users draw water at once, a peak in the demand is created.

“This happens when people tend to do laundry in the morning or shower at more or less the same time during the day.

“This peak will draw down the system, creating a temporary outage. In this case the system should recover once the demand decreases,” Limberg said.

As the dry season nears, the City of Cape Town is likely to start the summer with its dams at the lowest it has ever been. Some rainfall over the past week would have boosted supply only marginally.

But while the City scampers to implement solutions, fingers are increasingly being pointed to the fact that the city was in fact warned about the looming disaster.

In fact, the Daily Maverick has a whole special feature on exactly that out right now.

In short: Cape Town is in big, big trouble.