Windy, Hot Weather Contributes to 1% Dam Level Decline

Windy, Hot Weather Contributes to 1% Dam Level Decline

The following was distributed by the CoCT Media Office on the 19/11/2018

The levels of the dams which supply Cape Town have declined by 1% over the last week to 72,4 % (2017: 36,3%) of storage capacity.

The average water consumption increased slightly by 9 million litres per day to 558 million litres per day for the past week.

It is important that consumption remains within this range while we wait for the water assessment from the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).

The City encourages water users to continue to be water-wise and to build on the good conservation practices they adopted to beat the drought.

Level 5 restriction don’ts

·                    No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption

·                    No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed

·                    No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water

·                    No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water

·                    The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited

·                    All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover

·                    The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited

·                    Should borehole/well-point water be used for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour   on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers

·                    The operation of spray parks is prohibited

·                    No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water

Please visit for all water-related information, such as the Level 5 guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.