Level 4 water restrictions kick off

Mayco member for water and waste services Xanthea Limberg confirmed that council has approved the implementation of Level 4 water restriction to take effect from 1 June.

She says they have also asked for approval to implement Level 4B restrictions.

Level 4 water restriction only allows residents to use municipal portable water for essential purposes such as washing, drinking and cooking, says Limberg.

On level 3B you were allowed to water your garden on certain days but now that is completely banned as well as the filling of pools...

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

We are asking that every single person comply to Level 4 and take accountability for what they consume and contribute towards savings.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

Residents are encouraged to limit the use of municipal water to a hundred litres of water per person per day

The city has also indicated it has set aside R315 million for projects to prepare for sustained water scarcity.

The municipality is in the process of getting approval to increase fines from what they were in Level 3B, says Limberg.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:

Waterwatch

DROUGHT CRISIS:

Level 4 Water restrictions

CATEGORIES LEVEL 3B LEVEL 4

Irrigation with Municipal Drinking Water

  • Tuesdays and Saturdays for and hour, before 9:00 or after 18:00 using a bucket or watering can.
  • Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall.
Prohibited

Irrigation with Non-Potable water

  • Strongly encouraged to follow same rules as potable water
  • Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall
  • To be used by City departments
  • Strongly encourage to only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for an hour
  • Discouraged for 7 days after adequate-saturation rainfall
  • To be used by City departments

Bathroom

No restriction Flushing toilets with non-potable water (e.g. greywater or rainwater) encouraged

Water Features

Use of Municipal drinking water strongly discouraged Use of Municipal drinking water prohibited

Swimming Pools

  • Manual top-up only if fitted with pool cover
  • Use of portable play pools prohibited
  • Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged
  • Top-up, filling or re-filling prohibited
  • Use of portable play pools prohibited
  • Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged.

Washing Vehicles

  • Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practise norms
  • Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes
  • Prohibited with Municipal drinking water
  • Car wash businesses may apply for exemption

Facilites

  • Spray parks to be strictly managed
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports files, except if irrigated only with non-potable water
  • Operation of spray parks prohibited
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports files, except if irrigated only with non-potable water

Indigent water allocation

Free 350 litres Free 350 litres

Overall consumption per person

No restriction 100 litres/ person/day strongly encouraged

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