City of Cape Town gets tough with delinquent water users

The City of Cape Town has been hit with water crisis for months now. The city has taken all measures to deal with the crisis which has included penalising reckless consumers. The City plans to instil at least 2 000 water management devices per week on the properties of excessive users to force them to decrease consumption. This news came from mayoral committee member Xanthea Limberg on Monday. Limberg said in a statement that the devices will only allow water consumption of 350 litres per day on the pre identified properties. Earlier in August, the City of Cape Town introduced level 5 water restrictions to all residents of the city. These restrictions seek to limit individual water consumption to 871 litres per day. “The days are numbered for the delinquent water users,” Limberg said.

On September 18, it was reported that collective consumption stood at 624 million litres per day. Limberg also said that drought is the city’s “new normal.” He also emphasised that people need to make an effort in preserving water in the city, through decreasing how they use the water.

“We need the whole society to stand with us and to help us to get through this drought, but also to start laying the building blocks for a more resilient city over our longer-term future,” she concluded.

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