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Cape water consumption swells as City threatens to arrest repeat water wasters

The City of Cape Town says dam levels are now at 23.1% capacity this week following recent rains seen across parts of the province.

Dam levels have increased, slightly, by an average of around 4% over the past two weeks.

The City's mayoral committee member for Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg says the increase is not substantial enough to alleviate the water crisis.

Instead, Limberg says water consumption has increased among residents at a worrying level.

She says that Cape Town has not yet been able to achieve the consumption target of 600 million litres per day.

This past week our consumption is averaging around 640 million litres per day. Still 40 million litres above our target.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

We need to urge residents to really continue with our water-saving efforts. Level 4 restrictions are still applicable.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Limberg explains that the City has appealed to the courts for tougher action against Level 4 water wasters.

This City will be taking enforcement actions against non-compliance.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

The maximum spot fine for contravention of Level 4 restrictions will be raised to R5 000 - R10 000 or prison sentence for serious of repeat offenders, Limberg explains.

The City will consider taking serious legal action and potentially a prison sentence.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

The City has reiterated it won’t lift water restrictions but may have to further intensify them.

For a detailed look at the Cape's dam levels, visit the official City website.

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