Given the lack of rain this year leading to low dam levels and water shortages, the City of Cape Town has approved level 2 water restrictions which will kick in on January 1st 2016. The ongoing drought conditions means that the city is tightening water usage by imposing new restrictions which will affect all residents. So what does that mean for and me…well for starters you will only be allowed to water your garden and lawn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for one hour only and this must be done before 9am and after 6pm.
Here’s what else you can’t do.
Restrictions applicable to all categories of water users
– Watering (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, flower beds, sports fields, parks, lawns and other open spaces allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a maximum of one hour per premises either before 09:00 or after 18:00. (This includes watering with buckets or automated sprinkler systems.)
– Watering via boreholes and/or well points fall under the same restrictions as above. Residential users are allowed only one hour a day per premises, whereas Businesses, Industries and City/Government Departments are allowed two hours a day per premises.
– No watering will be permitted within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. (Customers making use of boreholes or other sources are not exempt.)
– Users (e.g. golf courses and schools) can apply to the Director: Water & Sanitation for exemption to any of the above
– When watering with alternative water resources like rain water harvesting, grey water re-use or treated effluent water, you are encouraged to comply with the above restrictions
– If other water sources (e.g. boreholes, well points, grey water re-use, treated effluent water) are utilised, all customers should ensure that they display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare
– No automatic top-up systems are allowed for swimming pools. It is recommended that all swimming pools be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use
– Ornamental water fountains/ water features to be operated only by recycling the water
– Washing of vehicles only allowed with hosepipes fitted with automatic self-closing devices, or with waterless products
– No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water from a tap is allowed
– All taps, showerheads and other plumbing components encouraged to be replaced with water efficient
If you have a business you can go see the restrictions HERE.
Now you know.