It is a week of good news in Cape Town, with the petrol price dropping at midnight tonight, and the Level 5 water restrictions having dropped to Level 3 on Saturday.
The petrol price was on an increasing tangent in the past few months. BusinessTech reports that 93 and 95 octane petrol will drop by R1,84 per litre to R15,24/R15,02, diesel by R1,45/R1,47 to R14,68, and illuminating paraffin by R1,33, at midnight tonight. The price decreases come from a weakening oil price and a strengthening Rand.
The announcement two days before the beginning of December that the City of Cape Town had decided to reduce the water restrictions in our city from Level 5 to Level 3 was met with surprise, but delight at the decrease in the resultant water tariffs. Dam levels are currently at 70%. Rain is forecast for later this week as well as next week. Capetonians will hardly change their water-saving habits, built up over the past two years, as a result of the change in the water restrictions.
The Level 3 water restrictions are summarized by the City of Cape Town below:
NEW LEVEL 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS –
SUMMARY OF KEY CHANGES: LEVEL 5 (October 2018) to LEVEL 3 (December 2018):
Overall city water usage target increased from 500 million to 650 million litres per day.
Personal water use limit increased from 70 to 105 litres per person per day.
Removal of percentage reduction restrictions for commercial, industrial and other non-
residential water users. All customers must adhere to the Water By-law (2010) and
the Amendment (2018) at all times and are strongly encouraged to use water responsibly.
Removal of Level 5 restriction measures applicable to residential properties using more than
10 500 litres per month. All residents are strongly encouraged to continue to use water wisely.
Watering with municipal drinking water using a bucket or watering can is allowed on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour on those
days per property.
Topping up or filling of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed subject to the
pool being covered with a non-permeable, solid pool cover when not in use; the recovery of
backwash water; and the use of rainwater for pool topping up where practically possible.
Vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats may be washed with municipal drinking water using a
Commercial car washes may use municipal drinking water subject to industry best practice water
conservation norms and the recycling of at least 50% of the water used.
Spray parks may operate subject to strict management to minimise water use.
Tariffs lowered to Level 3 water and sanitation tariffs.
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