Cape Town saving water while dams rise

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Cape Town – Despite dam levels having increased by 2,9% to 24% due to the good rains over the past week, Cape Town’s average water consumption still went down by 20 million litres per day from the preceding week. This brings it to a total of 505 million litres per day.

“It is important that we carry on saving, irrespective of the weather, and continue to live the 50-litre life until the dams fill up sufficiently,” said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

“The National Department of Water and Sanitation requires that we reduce our water usage to 450 million litres per day. There is a real threat that if we cannot lower usage further, then even tougher restrictions could be imposed by the national department,” said Neilson.

The City of Cape Town has warned that while we residents may be tempted to relax their guard as the weather cools and more rain falls, winter water saving remains vital.

“The less we use, the longer we can stretch the water supply in our dams in case we again receive below average rainfall,” the City said in a statement.

“The City is encouraged by the downward trend in water usage and urges Capetonians to continue using as little water as possible.”

The monthly update of the water map for April shows that 211 000 households have achieved the dark green water-saving dot for their water saving efforts. This marks a slight decrease, but it is worthwhile to note that a large number of households are still going green.

The dark green dot for water saving is awarded to households who are using 6 000 litres or less per month.

Visit to view the latest map.

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