The lack of significant rain over the winter has resulted in dam water levels around the province being 15% less than at the same time last year and the current level 2 water restrictions are not enough to alleviate the ongoing drought conditions. The City of Cape Town has thus received approval to increase water restrictions to level 3 on November 1st which means amoungst other things…no watering your garden with a sprinkler or with a hosepipe at anytime. The same goes for washing your car with a hosepipe and also portable play pools will be banned until the restrictions are lifted.
Here’s what level 3 water strictions will mean for you.
– Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering container.
– No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed
– Cars and boats may only be washed with water from buckets
– Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if pools are fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed
– No portable play pools are permitted to be used
It hasn’t been finalised yet, but it’s expected to be implemented on November 1.
“The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today approved a recommendation to Council of Level 3 water restrictions from 1 November 2016, with corresponding tariff increases to follow from 1 December 2016. This is in line with the directive from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce demand on the Western Cape Water Supply System by 20%. The report will now appear before Council on 26 October 2016 for final deliberation.” [City Of Cape Town]
Water tarriffs will also go up so go check by how much.
Now you know.