The Western Cape is experiencing a severe drought and it’s up to all of us to ensure we do our best to use water incredibly sparingly. We all forget sometimes and leave the tap running whilst we brush our teeth, or leave the hose running in the garden. If we all make a concerted effort to be more mindful of the serious water shortage, we can help to relieve some of the pressure.
The Level 3b restrictions applicable to residential customers, in addition to the existing Level 3 restrictions are:
- No washing of vehicles or boats, using municipal drinking water. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial car wash.
- Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
- The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
- No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350 litres per day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.
We need to act now if we want to keep the Cape green and beautiful for us and our children to enjoy. We are in this together, so here are 10 tips on how you can save water, starting today:
- Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving or soaping hands.
- Take shorter showers and use less water if you bath.
- Sweep outside areas instead of hosing with water.
- Fix leaks at home & report public water leaks to the Municipality.
- Always use a plugged sink or bowl instead of a running tap.
- Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps.
- Install a water meter and monitor your use.
- Install an instant water heater at your taps for immediate hot water.
- Add mulch and compost to your garden to minimise water evaporation and increase the soil’s water retention abilities
- Replace exotic plants with hardier, drought-resistant species
This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)