More cuts in store for the Cape

CAPE TOWN – The people in Cape Town will have to reduce their use of water even more in the new year.

The City of Cape Town level 6 restrictions, which will come into force on the 1st of January, will restrict households to 10500 litres a month and also compel non-residential customers to cut their consumption by 45% compared with 2015.

They have ordered the agricultural sector to reduce water use by 60% sparking a warning from Agri-Western Cape spokesman Jeanne Boshoff. He said that farmers would have to plant higher-value crops. “This has already resulted in less vegetables planted in the Ceres area, and to fruit trees being cut back.

“This means smaller crops, which is putting the agricultural sector in the Western Cape under enormous pressure,” Boshoff said.

A notice was put in the Government Gazette which said that, as well as the restrictions on the use of municipal water “the use of borehole water for outdoor purposes is discouraged in order ro preserve groundwater resources.”

“Borehole water should rather be used for toilet flushing.”

Mayoral committee member, Xanthea Limberg, said 180 000 household were using more than 10500 litres a months.

They are already installing water management devices at the rate of 2000 a week at homes consuming more than 20 000 litres of water a month.

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