The City of Cape Town is considering implementing level 4B water restriction as dam levels are not reaching necessary levels.
According to Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for City Of Cape Town, says the recent rainfall has only contributed about 5%. But they are considering even stricter measures because the province is experiencing very low rainfall this year.
The City will announce when the new restrictions will be implemented.
Dam storage levels in the Western Cape are at 24,5%, 1.4% up from last week.
She explains that when they asked Council for Level 4 restriction approval at the end of May, they also received the ok for Level 4 B should it be deemed necessary.
So we have the delegation to be able to implement level 4B and we will communicate as to when it will take effect.— Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
What will Level 4 B entail?
Even stricter usage of potable water for essential uses, she says.
Limberg says the 100 litres per person threshold will further decline in level 4B. Action will be taken against individuals and households with higher consumption and the fines will be implemented.
It is time for us to take stricter and further action against those with high and larger consumption— Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
She acknowledges many residents are using water mindfully.
Water inspectors are on the ground daily.
A water resilient task team has been set up aimed at transforming the City to adapt to climate change. The work involves initiating incentive schemes that will be able to be sustainable.
Limberg says call centre response times for dealing with leakages has substantially improved.
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