The City of Cape Town now plans to install water management devices on all high consumption properties.
Although the City has already identified 50 000 households guilty of excessive water usage, the municipality has only been able to install roughly seventy water-saving devices thus far.
The City's Xanthea Limberg says municipal officials will no longer assess a household's water consumption before installing a device, because the process takes too long and has delayed efforts to curb water wastage.
We've identified 50 000 domestic customers who are consuming above 20 000 litres each month, with the highest using just over 100 000 litres a month.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
Around 2 000 devices will be installed each week to ensure that we get through to the 50 000 households immediately.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
Previously, water inspectors would visit the high consumption properties to assess if their high water usage was justified before making the call to install a device.
The City is taking a tougher stance because water consumption has not decreased enough, says Limberg.
We need to reduce our overall consumption to 500 million litres of water per day.— Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy
Take a listen to her explain the City's decision: