#WaterWatch

Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

Environmental scientist Dr Kevin Winter has welcomed the City of Cape Town's decision to relax water restrictions and associated tariffs from 1 October.

Water restrictions will be lowered from Level 6B to Level 5.

The municipality took the decision without the approval of the national Department of Water and Sanitation.

Read: City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

Dr Winter says the move will bring some relief to Cape Town's tourism industry and to residents who have been water compliant.

I think the move is a good idea.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

We've been through a very tight period.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

It's a very important moment to both ease off some of the tensions of trying to achieve this 50 litres and also for the tourism industry as well.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

This is the moment when people start to decide to come to Cape Town or not.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

Let's see what happens when we ease it down to level 5 and what the public response is.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

He says city officials should continue to use data management to test and keep track of water behaviour in the Cape.

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Capetonians water consumption down by about 536 million litres of water a day

Capetonians water consumption down by about 536 million litres of water a day

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about Cape Town's latest dam levels.

Here are the amended level 3 water restrictions for Cape Town

Here are the amended level 3 water restrictions for Cape Town

The City has further relaxed level 3 water restrictions allowing the use of a hosepipe fitted with a self-closing system.

Smart Water Meter Challenge: Push for schools to monitor water usage themselves.

Smart Water Meter Challenge: Push for schools to monitor water usage themselves.

School Operations Manager at Bridgiot explains the need for schools using the smart water saving device to monitor usage..

Cape winter rainfall predictions 'too soon to tell'

Cape winter rainfall predictions 'too soon to tell'

Piotr Wolski of the Climate Systems Analysis Group at UCT talks to Kieno Kammies about this year's winter rainfall pattern.

Alien Attack! The trees causing CPT to lose 50 billion litres of water each year

Alien Attack! The trees causing CPT to lose 50 billion litres of water each year

Director at the Nature Conservancy South Africa Louise Stafford says the loss is equivalent to two months water supply.

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

Alderman Ian Neilson says the City couldn't wait any longer for DWS to respond but took it upon itself to relax the restrictions.

Popular articles
Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist at Minerals Council South Africa.

 Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Agri SA’s Nicol Jansen, explains how SA's agricultural industry could benefit if more farms were allowed to go off the Eskom grid.

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk dominee Riaan de Villiers says he was told he is not allowed to call Muslims our brother and sisters, and children of God.

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

Independent consultant at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Professor Barney Pityana blames political leadership for the moral decay.

Suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

Suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

An ambulance crew was held at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed of their belongings while on a call out in Khayelitsha.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.