Cape Town – The City of Cape Town and Department of Water and Sanitation held a meeting on Friday where the City requested the relaxation of water restrictions given the rising dam levels.
In the past week, dam levels have risen to 62% of its capacity, nearly double than it was in August 2017. Berg River dam levels are at 93%, Voelvlei at 66.3% and the Theewaterskloof Dam is at 45.6%.
In the meeting, deputy mayor Ian Neilson has appealed to the department to relax restrictions. It was requested that restrictions be reduced by 5% for the City and 10% for the agricultural sector. According to his statement released on Monday, Neilson believes that the economic activity will be stimulated through the tariff relief.
The spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation Sputnik Ratau says that it was agreed that water restrictions could be reduced once dam levels reach 85% capacity. The department wants to be certain that there will be enough water available, especially now that we are heading into seasons where there will be little precipitation.
The department will deliver its feedback on the City’s request at the end of this month. Capetonians are encouraged to continue following the 50 litres of water consumption per day guideline.