Cape Town Water Restrictions – July 2017
New Water Restrictions
As from 1st July 2017, new and stricter water restrictions were implemented in Cape Town and surrounds as a way to preserve water in the run up to Summer and 2018. They are as follows
- Less than 87l of water per person per day.
- 20 000l per household, per month.
- 500 million litres per day, is the targeted usage for the collective of Cape Town.
Capetonians must be made aware of the FACT that the population of Cape Town has doubled in the past 20 years and the water storage has only increased by 15% in the same period.
There are basically 3 scenarios in my mind that we may encounter until this water crises abates.
- We all become individual Wise Water Users.
We as individuals, each one actively engage in saving as much water as possible per day, using grey water where possible and making use of water tanks to collect and store water during rainy days for later use, in an attempt to reduce the already strained resource, that is water, in Cape Town.
Amongst the major stakeholders of the City of Cape Town, in setting up mobile desalination plants, cutting public water usage for gardens and public amenities, enable tapping water from our natural aquifers, and possibly even trucking in water from regions not effected by the water shortages.
- Unusually High Rainfalls
In the next 3 to 4 months, and or an unusually high Summer of 2017/2018 rainfall, which is not necessarily impossible as it is improbable.
No matter what happens in the next few months, here in Cape Town our water crisis is far from being in the past.
Ways to save water
To decrease water usage to sufficient levels, residents are asked to:
- Only flush the toilet when necessary, wherever you are;
- Take a shower that is shorter than two minutes. Switch to an efficient shower head. Only do a “wipe down” on alternative days to conserve water;
- Collect your shower, bath and basin water and reuse it to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning (bear in mind that greywater use has some health and hygiene risks you must avoid; keep hands and surface areas sanitised or disinfected);
- Defrost food in the fridge or naturally, rather than placing it under running water;
- Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen for brushing teeth, shaving or drinking;
- Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be reused for the next wash cycle;
- Upgrade to a multi-flush toilet and/or put a water displacement item in the cistern which can halve your water use per flush;
- Fit taps with aerators or restrictors to reduce flow to no more than 6l per minute, as per the city’s by-laws;
- Check for leaks on your property and fix them immediately.
Until the next update.